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What is an esophageal stent used in treatment of esophageal cancer?

Esophageal cancer itself, or some treatments for it such as radiation, might cause the esophagus to become narrow. This leads to difficulty swallowing and, therefore, difficulty maintaining good nutrition. An esophageal stent is a plastic or metal tube that a doctor might place in the esophagus to expand narrow portions of it back to their normal size. This will help with the discomfort of a narrowed esophagus and associated poor nutrition.

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