One-hundred-twenty cases of malignant tumors treated by endoscopic photodynamic therapy with hematoporphyrin derivative from August 1982 - July 1990 are reported. Of the 120 cases, including 97 males and 23 females ages varying from 39 to 77 years old, 40 cases were primary tumors and 80 cases were local residual or recurrent after surgery or radiotherapy or chemotherapy. All cases were confirmed in pathological biopsy, including 58 squamous cell carcinoma, 28 various adenocarcinoma, and 34 transitional cell carcinoma. Twenty-four, 48 and/or 72 hours after intravenous injection of HpD 2.0 - 3.0 mg/kg, or DHE 1.5 - 2.0 mg/kg, or Y-HpD 5.0 mg/kg, the tumor was irradiated with 630 nm wavelength of argon dye laser via a quartz light fiber inserted through the forceps channel of the endoscope. Of the 120 cases treated, CR was obtained in 38 cases, PR in 25 cases, MR in 52 cases, and NR in 5 cases. Total response rate was 95.8%; significant response rate 52.5%; and tumor eradicated rate 31.7%. The 38 cases included: 14 cases of early esophageal carcinoma, 3 cases of early cardiac carcinoma, 1 case of early lung cancer, 1 case of early gastric carcinoma, 15 cases of superficial bladder carcinoma, 3 cases of local residual recurrent micro lung cancer, and 1 case of cardiac carcinoma. The longest cancer-free survival was over eight years. Endoscopic photodynamic therapy is, therefore, curative effective in the treatment of early and superficial carcinoma, and palliative effective in the treatment of advanced carcinoma. Standardized and controlled trials are required to assess its place in combined treatment of malignant tumors.