What is a tumour?
Tumours are a group of abnormal cells that invade and grow into nearby tissues. Like healthy cells, cancerous cells require oxygen and nutrients to survive. Cancerous cells signal for new blood vessels to spread into the tumour to feed it, allowing the tumour to rapidly grow larger.
Building virtual tumours
At University College London, our team of scientists and engineers have combined advanced biomedical imaging techniques with computational modelling through a unified framework called REANIMATE.
REANIMATE allows us to build 3D virtual tumours to perform computational experiments in order to study the transport of blood, biological fluids and drugs within tumours.
Predicting treatment response
Through REANIMATE, our virtual tumours allow us to test the effectiveness of new cancer drugs and treatment strategies on a wide range of cancer types.
It is hoped that in the future, our research will enable patients to receive a more personalised therapy, tailored to individual tumours, reducing side effects and making treatment more effective.