Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Model for Acid-Mediated Tumour Invasion with Chemotherapy Intervention I: Homogeneous Populations

Model for Acid-Mediated Tumour Invasion with Chemotherapy Intervention I: Homogeneous Populations

The acid-mediation hypothesis, that is, the hypothesis that acid produced by tumours, as a result of aerobic glycolysis, provides a mechanism for invasion, has so far been considered as a relatively closed system. The focus has mainly been on the dynamics of the tumour, normal-tissue, acid and possibly some other bodily components, without considering the effect of an external intervention such as a cytotoxic treatment. This article aims to examine the effect that a cytotoxic treatment has on a tumour growing under the acid-mediation hypothesis by using a simple set of ordinary differential equations that consider the interaction between normal-tissue, tumour-tissue, acid and chemotherapy drug.

link: http://arxiv.org/abs/1412.0748