How do tumors cause destruction?

Tumors cause destruction in three common ways:

  • They put pressure on nearby tissues and/or organs.
  • They invade tissues and organs directly (direct extension), often damaging or disabling them in the process.
  • They make invaded tissues and/or organs susceptible to infection.
Tumors can also release substances that destroy tissues in close proximity to them.

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