Understanding the antiangiogenic effect of metronomic chemotherapy through a simple mathematical model

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Rodrigues, Diego S. [UNESP]
Mancera, Paulo F. A. [UNESP]
Pinho, Suani T. R.

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Elsevier B.V.


Despite the current and increasingly successful fight against cancer, there are some important questions concerning the efficiency of its treatment in particular, the design of oncology chemotherapy protocols. Seeking efficiency, schedules based on more frequent, low-doses of drugs, known as metronomic chemotherapy, have been proposed as an alternative to the classical standard protocol of chemotherapy administration. The in silico approach may be very useful for providing a comparative analysis of these two kinds of protocols. In so doing, we found that metronomic schedules are more effective in eliminating tumour cells mainly due to their chemotherapeutic action on endothelial cells and that more frequent, low drug doses also entail outcomes in which the survival time of patient is increased. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.



Cancer, Metronomic chemotherapy, Angiogenesis, Tumour growth, Differential equations

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Physica A-statistical Mechanics And Its Applications. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Bv, v. 464, p. 251-266, 2016.