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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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Esophageal stent (ee-SAH-fuh-JEE-ul stent)
A tube placed in the esophagus to keep a blocked area open so the patient can swallow soft food and liquids. Esophageal stents are made of metal mesh, plastic, or silicone, and may be used in the treatment of esophageal cancer.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.