|Title||Using mathematics to fight cancer|
|Presenter||Ami Radunskaya (Pomona College)|
|Author(s)||Prof Ami Radunskaya|
What can mathematics tell us about the treatment of cancer? In this talk I will present some of the work that I have done in the modeling of tumor growth and treatment over the last ten years. \medskip Cancer is a myriad of individual diseases, with the common feature that an individual's own cells have become malignant. Thus, the treatment of cancer poses great challenges, since an attack must be mounted against cells that are nearly identical to normal cells. Mathematical models that describe tumor growth in tissue, the immune response, and the administration of different therapies can suggest treatment strategies that optimize treatment efficacy and minimize negative side-effects. However, the inherent complexity of the immune system and the spatial heterogeneity of human tissue gives rise to mathematical models that pose unique challenges for the mathematician. In this talk I will give a few examples of how doctors, immunologists, and mathematicians can work together to understand the development of the disease and to design effective treatments. \medskip This talk is intended for a general audience: no knowledge of biology or advanced mathematics will be assumed.
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