Figure 4.

Simulation of Model 3. The time unit is the week. The parameters of the model are listed in Table 1. The initial diameter of the tumor ellipsoid is 3 mm. Screenshot number "0" is the state of the tumor after 10 weeks of treatment. In this model, in the spatial domain of tumor lesion, a mesh hosts both healthy and tumor cells. The number of tumor cells per mesh is 2457 as in Model 1 and the rate of glucose uptake is two order of magnitude smaller than the rate of glucose uptake in Model 1. As in Figure 1 and Figure 2, blue regions are those occupied by more that 2000 tumor cells, yellow regions corresponds to areas of tissue with a number of tumor cells between 100 and 2000, and orange regions are those occupied by less that 100 tumor cells. The size of the tumor is approximately constant, but filaments of tumor cells propagate from the border of the tumor, but are disrupted by the action of gemcitabine.

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