A general feature of cancer growth is the cellular competition for available nutrients. This is also the case for tumor cords, neoplasms forming cylindrical structures around blood vessels. Experimental data show that, in their avascular phase, cords grow up to a limit radius of about 100 mum, reaching a quasi - steady-state characterized by a necrotized area separating the tumor from the surrounding healthy tissue. Here we use a set of rules to formulate a model that describes how the dynamics of cord growth is controlled by the competition of tumor cells among themselves and with healthy cells for the acquisition of essential nutrients. The model takes into account the mechanical effects resulting from the interaction between the multiplying cancer cells and the surrounding tissue. We explore the influence of the relevant parameters on the tumor growth and on its final state. The model is also applied to investigate cord deformation in a region containing multiple nutrient sources and to predict the further complex growth of the tumor.
|Titolo:||Competition effects in the dynamics of tumor cords|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2002|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1103/PhysRevE.65.051918|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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