Viewing Cancer as a Physics Problem Suggests New Treatments
Cells and a stiff material called the matrix can squeeze blood vessels in tumors and thus block delivery of cancer-fighting drugs to malignant cells. Now researchers may have a way to reopen vessels and restore the drugs' power
For nearly 40 years, I have been working on fighting cancer from an unusual angle. Trained initially as an engineer, I see tumors in part as a physics challenge and ask: How do their structural features promote their growth and keep cancer-fighting drugs from working effectively?
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