Computational Modeling of Tumor Response to Vascular-Targeting Therapies—Part I: Validation
Gevertz, Jana L.
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Mathematical modeling techniques have been widely employed to understand how cancer grows, and, more recently, such approaches have been used to understand how cancer can be controlled. In this manuscript, a previously validated hybrid cellular automaton model of tumor growth in a vascularized environment is used to study the antitumor activity of several vascular-targeting compounds of known efficacy. In particular, this model is used to test the antitumor activity of a clinically used angiogenesis inhibitor (both in isolation, and with a cytotoxic chemotherapeutic) and a vascular disrupting agent currently undergoing clinical trial testing. I demonstrate that the mathematical model can make predictions in agreement with preclinical/clinical data and can also be used to gain more insight into these treatment protocols. The results presented herein suggest that vascular-targeting agents, as currently administered, cannot lead to cancer eradication, although a highly efficacious agent may lead to long-term cancer control.
Gevertz, Jana L. (2011). Computational Modeling of Tumor Response to Vascular-Targeting Therapies—Part I: Validation. Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine 2011,1-17.