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Revista Colombiana de Gastroenterologia

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GOMEZ, Martín; OTERO, William  and  ARBELAEZ, Víctor. Five year monitoring of endoscopic treatment for early gastric cancer in Colombia. Rev Col Gastroenterol [online]. 2009, vol.24, n.4, pp.347-352. ISSN 0120-9957.

Early gastric cancer (EGC) is being diagnosed more frequently as each day passes. This is true not only in Japan but around the world. Even though the endoscopic treatment is relatively simple, our field does not yet have enough experience in long term monitoring after successful endoscopic treatment. For this reason we undertook this study and targeted the following objectives: 1. To determine the efficiency of endoscopic treatment in curing EGC. 2. To investigate the incidence of recurrence of tumors after five years of monitoring. Materials and Methods. Between March 2002 and June 2004 we prospectively included patients who were diagnosed with EGC at El Tunal Hospital and monitored for at least 5 years. Endoscopic diagnoses were done according to the classification of the Japanese Society. Patients diagnosed with types I, IIa and IIb of less than 20mm and which were histologically well-differentiated or moderately differentiated were endoscopically treated. Results. 11 patients were included in this study. 63.6% were men. The average age was 66.1 years. All the EGCs were found in the gastric body. Loop resection was performed on seven patients, resection and injection with plastic cup on 1 patient, injection and band placement on 1 patient, traction and loop resection (double channel endoscopy) on two patients. The resection was incomplete in 2 patients. The average monitoring time was 71.3 months (60 to 84 months). There were no incidences of tumor recurrence. Conclusions. Mucosectomy is a simple, safe and curative method for EGC. It is easily performed by a well-trained gastroenterologist.

Keywords : Early cancer; mucosectomy; healing; recurrence.

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