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How does treatment shrink your malignant tumors?

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David Miller
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Devon Webster
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Weili Sun
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Weili Sun
Dr. Weili Sun
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