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How does treatment shrink your malignant tumors?

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Kills them: Cancer treatments target rapidly-growing cells, killing them faster than other cells. By killing the tumor cells, the tumor shrinks as the body attacks the dead tissue and destroys it.

Answered 5/22/2019

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Dr. Devon Webster answered

Specializes in Medical Oncology

By targeting growth: Tumors grow faster than normal cells. Chemotherapy and radiation work by interfering with the machinery that helps tumor cells divide. It's a little like weeds in your lawn. Weedkiller acts on rapidly-growing weeds, but usually doesn't harm the grass. Faster-growing tumors are often easier to kill with chemotherapy compared to slower-growing tumors.

Answered 7/23/2019

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Dr. Weili Sun answered

Shrink tumor: Chemotherapy or radiation therapy can cause cell death. Cancer cells are more sensitive to these treatment than normal healthy cells. When cell die, the tumor size decrease.

Answered 11/7/2012

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