Journal article

A dynamical model of tumour immunotherapy

Federico Frascoli, Peter S Kim, Barry D Hughes, Kerry A Landman

MATHEMATICAL BIOSCIENCES | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2014

Abstract

A coupled ordinary differential equation model of tumour-immune dynamics is presented and analysed. The model accounts for biological and clinical factors which regulate the interaction rates of cytotoxic T lymphocytes on the surface of the tumour mass. A phase plane analysis demonstrates that competition between tumour cells and lymphocytes can result in tumour eradication, perpetual oscillations, or unbounded solutions. To investigate the dependence of the dynamic behaviour on model parameters, the equations are solved analytically and conditions for unbounded versus bounded solutions are discussed. An analytic characterisation of the basin of attraction for oscillatory orbits is given. It..

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