Will Cell-Cell Communication Be the Key to Fighting Cancer?

AME Ph.D. graduate Jeffrey West and his advisor, AME Professor Paul Newton propose statistical mechanics based models to describe the growth of cancer tumors. The models include states for individual tumor cells along with cell-cell communication and, by varying certain assumptions, they predict various tumor growth laws used in the literature. Their paper appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and was summarized recently by Lila Jones in “Is Communication the Key to Fighting Cancer?.”