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An age and spatially structured model of tumor invasion with haptotaxis

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  • A model of tumor growth into surrounding tissue is analyzed. The model consists of a system of nonlinear partial differential equations for the populations of tumor cells, extracellular matrix macromolecules, oxygen concentration, and extracellular matrix degradative enzyme concentration. The spatial growth of the tumor involves the directed movement of tumor cells toward the extracellular matrix through haptotaxis. Cell age is used to track progression of cells through the cell cycle. The existence of unique global solutions is proved using the theory of fractional powers of analytic semigroup generators.
    Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary:92B05,92D25,47D03,47H20; Secondary: 35M10.


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