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article imagePhysicists develop mathematical model that predicts tumour growth

By Christopher Bates     Aug 7, 2011 in Health
Heidelberg - According to an article in New Scientist magazine, physicists have developed a mathematical model which shows how tumours evolve.
The model will be used to identify which blood vessels should be removed to limit the growth of tumours.
While it is thought that certain tumours stop growing once they reach a certain size, others continue to grow, meaning blood vessels become much more extensive and take part in metastasis - a process in which they may carry cancer cells to other parts of the body.
Finding a way to predict the growth of tumours is one of the most important goals of cancer research, hence physicists and mathematicians are becoming increasingly involved.
Physicist Sehyo Choe from the University of Heidelberg in Germany helped develop the mathematical model, which came after analyzing images of mice with cancerous tumours, alongside the blood vessels feeding them.
Choe said that the model can predict "corridors of likely tumour growth".
Co-author Neil Johnson, a physicist at the University of Miami in Florida, added: "In the future, treatments will no longer have to be based on population averages. People will get individual treatment based on the predictions of our model."
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