You'll likely have a follow-up appointment with the gastroenterologist to discuss the outcome of your endoscopic mucosal resection and laboratory tests performed on lesion samples. Questions to ask your doctor include:
- Were you able to remove all abnormal tissues?
- What were the results of the laboratory tests? Were any of the tissues cancerous?
- Do I need to see a cancer specialist (oncologist)?
- If the tissues are cancerous, will I need additional treatments?
- How will you monitor my condition?
Typically, a follow-up exam is performed three to 12 months after your procedure to be sure the entire lesion was removed. Depending on the findings, your doctor will advise you about further examinations.
An exam will likely include a visual inspection with the use of an endoscope. Your doctor may mark the area of the removed lesion with ink (tattoo) so that when follow-up endoscopy is performed, he or she can be sure the lesion was removed completely.
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