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This is a simple model of tumour growth, and response to radiotherapy. It uses a model called "logistic growth" to describe the size of a tumour over time. When the tumour is small it grows quickly, but as it becomes larger the model assumes that the tumour reaches a "carrying capacity" - this can be understood as describing the point at which there are no longer available resources to sustain the growth of new cells, causing growth to slow and ultimately stop.

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${V}^{\prime}\left(t\right)=V\left(1-\frac{V}{}\right)-V\delta \left(t-{t}_{i}\right)$

To simulate this, we solve the equation ${V}^{\prime}\left(t\right)=\mathrm{\alpha \; V}\left(1-\frac{V}{K}\right)-\mathrm{\gamma \; V}\delta \left(t-{t}_{i}\right)$ . In this equation, we have:

- $\mathrm{V\; =}$ Tumour volume
- $\mathrm{t\; =}$ Time
- $\mathrm{\alpha \; =}$ Growth rate
- $\mathrm{K\; =}$ Carrying capacity
- $\mathrm{\gamma \; =}$ Strength of radiotherapy