Mathematical models in radiation biology

  • Date: 11/30/2006

Gerda de Vries (University of Alberta)


University of British Columbia


In this talk, I will review concepts in radiation biology that allow us
to model the effectiveness of radiation therapy in the treatment of
cancer. In particular, I will focus on the Tumour Control Probability
(TCP), which is the probability that no cancerous cells survive the
treatment. Early TCP formulae are based on simple binomial and
Poissonian statistics. They are of limited value, since they do not
take cell proliferation during the treatment period into account.
Recent TCP formulae are based on dynamic models of a cell population,
taking cell proliferation into account. I will conclude with a
discussion of how and when the TCP formulae are related to each other,
and how they can be used to compare the efficacy of different treatment

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MITACS Math Biology Seminar 2006