Endoscopic Mucosal Resection for Gastrointestinal Cancer

An endoscopic mucosal resection is a type of minimally invasive surgery in which a large section of abnormal tissue is removed from a patient’s gastrointestinal tract. A small, lighted tube with a camera and a set of tiny surgical instruments attached is inserted into the gastrointestinal tract through the throat, if the cancer is located in the upper section, or through the anus, if the cancer is located in the lower section. Once in place, the camera relays real-time images to the surgeon, who uses the small surgical tools to remove abnormal cells.

Unlike most other types of surgery for gastrointestinal cancer, an endoscopic mucosal resection is not performed after a cancer diagnosis is confirmed. Instead, it is both diagnostic and therapeutic at the same time. This procedure can be used in place of a standard biopsy to remove tissue for further testing, while also removing suspicious lesions. Additional therapies, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, may be recommended after an endoscopic mucosal resection if the removed cells are confirmed to be cancerous.

At Moffitt Cancer Center, we offer a comprehensive range of treatments in a single, convenient location, making it possible for our patients to receive surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and supportive care services without having to visit multiple providers. Additionally, our patients benefit from:

  • A team of surgical experts who specialize exclusively in the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers
  • Completely individualized treatment plans, with surgical recommendations made based on a number of patient-specific factors
  • Opportunities to access the newest surgical techniques and treatments through our robust clinical trials program

To learn more about the surgical options offered at Moffitt Cancer Center, including the endoscopic mucosal resection, call 1-888-MOFFITT or submit a new patient registration form online. No referral is required to schedule a consultation.