The ecology of cancer

Ujvari, Beata, Fitzpatrick, J, Raven, Nynke, Osterkamp, J and Thomas, F 2019, The ecology of cancer. In Bernicker, E (ed), Cancer and Society, Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp.153-174, doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-05855-5_12.

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Title The ecology of cancer
Author(s) Ujvari, BeataORCID iD for Ujvari, Beata
Fitzpatrick, J
Raven, Nynke
Osterkamp, J
Thomas, F
Title of book Cancer and Society
Editor(s) Bernicker, E
Publication date 2019
Chapter number 12
Total chapters 12
Start page 153
End page 174
Total pages 22
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication Cham, Switzerland
Summary Neoplasia, the disease of multicellular organisms, is not only a major cause of human death worldwide but also affects numerous invertebrate and vertebrate species. Similar to other diseases, cancer is a significant physiological burden on the host and hence not only impacts the individual but also influences interindividual interactions, populations and consequently global ecosystems. Despite this, oncology and other biological sciences such as ecology and evolution have until very recently developed in relative isolation. To overcome this caveat, we draw parallel between invasive species and the metastatic cascade and provide an overview of the ecology of cancer at the scale of the organisms and the ecosystems of malignant cells (both at the micro- and macro-scales). We discuss the drivers of metastatic formations in the tissue environment and investigate how individuals respond to malignant growth and the impact of this response on populations. Finally, we provide potential avenues for applying evolutionary ecology principles to cancer prevention and to the development of novel treatment strategies.
ISBN 9783030058548
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-05855-5_12
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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