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Interstitial fluid pressure (IFP) spatial distribution at various time instants.

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posted on 2017-01-26, 00:32 authored by Vasileios Vavourakis, Peter A. Wijeratne, Rebecca Shipley, Marilena Loizidou, Triantafyllos Stylianopoulos, David J. Hawkes

Within 24 hours of relatively slow avascular tumour growth, tumour-secreted angiogenic chemical factors have sufficiently diffused in the extracellular space. In the tumour-induced angiogenesis simulation, day-1 marks the formation and elongation of new blood vessel sprouts. The vertical red line in the plots defines the tumour–host interface boundary which corresponds to the averaged tumour radius, where the centre of the cancer mass is at zero radial distance. The solid line corresponds to the mean IFP distribution, evaluated at fourteen azimuthal directions, while the vertical bars denote the IFP standard deviation. These plots also illustrate the gradual increase of the cancer mass, while depicting the significant variability of IFP in the vicinity of the tumour interstitium.