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The Physics of Cancer

  • Date Published: April 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107109599


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  • Recent years have witnessed an increasing number of theoretical and experimental contributions to cancer research from different fields of physics, from biomechanics and soft-condensed matter physics to the statistical mechanics of complex systems. Reviewing these contributions and providing a sophisticated overview of the topic, this is the first book devoted to the emerging interdisciplinary field of cancer physics. Systematically integrating approaches from physics and biology, it includes topics such as cancer initiation and progression, metastasis, angiogenesis, cancer stem cells, tumor immunology, cancer cell mechanics and migration. Biological hallmarks of cancer are presented in an intuitive yet comprehensive way, providing graduate-level students and researchers in physics with a thorough introduction to this important subject. The impact of the physical mechanisms of cancer are explained through analytical and computational models, making this an essential reference for cancer biologists interested in cutting-edge quantitative tools and approaches coming from physics.

    • Provides a useful introduction to cancer for any student of biological physics
    • Reviews the contributions of physics to cancer research
    • Includes mathematical and physical models for cancer research
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    'The Physics of Cancer explores a growing field and seeks to incorporate discussions pertaining to both the physics and biology of cancer. [The authors] provide readers with a refreshing perspective on cancer research. The volume not only offers a clear description of the fundamental biological concepts of cancer development and treatment, but also introduces readers with a physics background to the developing interdisciplinary field of the physics of cancer. This new field contributes to the understanding of many aspects of cancer studies, which include cancer stem cell phenotypic switching, cell sorting, mechanics of cancer cells, cell migration, cancer metastasis, etc. Due to the advanced nature of the topic, this book will serve as a good introductory level resource for physics researchers and graduate students who are interested in learning about this interdisciplinary field.' H. Zhou, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107109599
    • length: 184 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 178 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 78 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction to the cell
    2. The biology of cancer
    3. A modeling toolbox for cancer growth
    4. Vascular hydrodynamics and tumor angiogenesis
    5. Cancer stem cells and the population dynamics of tumors
    6. Biomechanics of cancer
    7. Cancer cell migration
    8. Chromosome and chromatin dynamics in cancer
    9. Control of tumor growth by the immune system
    10. Pharmacological approaches: old and new
    11. Outlook on the physics of cancer: a new interdisciplinary area

  • Authors

    Caterina A. M. La Porta, Università degli Studi di Milano
    Caterina A. M. La Porta is Associate Professor of General Pathology at Università degli Studi di Milano and group leader of the Molecular Oncology Laboratory there. In 2015, she founded the university's Center for Complexity and Biosystems. She has organized several interdisciplinary workshops on the physics of cancer funded by the European Center for Atomic and Molecular Calculations (CECAM) and the European Science Foundation (ESF).

    Stefano Zapperi, Università degli Studi di Milano
    Stefano Zapperi is Professor of Theoretical Physics at Università degli Studi di Milano, where he coordinates the Center for Complexity and Biosystems, and Research Leader at the Institute for Scientific Interchange (ISI) Foundation in Turin, Italy. He is an expert in the statistical mechanics of non-equilibrium complex systems and has worked in fracture, plasticity, friction, magnetism and biophysics. He is the recipient of numerous awards and is currently the chairman of the steering committee of the Conference on Complex Systems.

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