Chalmers Conferences, 9th European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology

Optimization of radiation schedules for proneural gliomas via mathematical modeling
Kevin Leder, Ken Pitter, Eric Hollande, Franziska Michor

Last modified: 2014-06-09


Gliomas are the most common and malignant primary tumors of the brain and are commonly treated with radiation therapy. Despite modest advances in chemotherapy and radiation, survival has changed very little over the last 50 years. Radiation therapy is one of the pillars of adjuvant therapy for gliomas but despite treatment, recurrence inevitably occurs. Here we develop a mathematical model for the tumor response to radiation that takes into account the plasticity of the hierarchical structure of the tumor population. Based on this mathematical model we develop an optimized radiation delivery schedule. The efficacy of the optimized schedule is verified in a mouse model of pro-neural gliomas.