DOI: 10.1101/510172Jan 2, 2019Paper

Personalized Tumor Growth Prediction with Multiscale Tumor Modeling

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Serbulent UnsalKemal Turhan


Background: Cancer is one of the most complex phenomena in biology and medicine. Extensive attempts have been made to work around this complexity. In this study, we try to take a selective approach; not modeling each particular facet in detail but rather only the pertinent and essential parts of the tumor system are simulated and followed by optimization, revealing specific traits. This leads us to a pellucid personalized model which is noteworthy as it closely approximates existing experimental results. Method: For years, research has focused on modeling tumor growth but not many studies have put forward a framework for the personalization of models. In the present study, a hybrid modeling approach which consists of cellular automata for discrete cell state representation and diffusion equations to calculate distribution of relevant substances in the tumor micro-environment is favored. Moreover, naive Bayesian decision making with weighted stochastic equations and a Bayesian network to model the temporal order of mutations is presented. The model is personalized according to the evidence using Markov Chain Monte Carlo. Ultimately, this way of thinking about tumor modeling leads us to a vascular multi-scale model of tumor growt...Continue Reading

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