Cancer: a complex disease

The study of complex systems and their related phenomena has become a major research venue in the recent years and it is commonly regarded as an important part of the scientific revolution developing through the 21st century. The science of complexity is concerned with the laws of operation and evolution of systems formed by many locally interacting elements that produce collective order at spatiotemporal scales larger than that of the single constitutive elements. This new thinking, that explores formally the emergence of spontaneous higher order and feedback hierarchies, has been particularly successful in the biological sciences. One particular life-threatening disease in humans, overwhelmingly common in the modern world is cancer. It is regarded as a collection of phenomena involving anomalous cell growth caused by an underlying genetic instability with the potential to spread to other parts of the human body.

In the present book, a group of well recognised specialists discuss new ideas about the disease. These authors coming from solid backgrounds in physics, mathematics, medicine, molecular and cell biology, genetics and anthropology have dedicated their time to write an authoritative free-available text published under the open access philosophy that hopefully would be in the front-line struggle against cancer, a complex disease.


Cancer: a complex disease
by Elena R. Alvarez-Buylla • Juan Carlos Balandran • Jose Luis Caldu-Primo • Jose Davila-Velderrain • Jennifer Enciso • Enrique Hernandez-Lemus • Lucia S. Lopez Castillo • Juan Carlos Martinez-Garcia • Nancy R. Mejia-Dominguez • Leticia R. Paiva • Rosana Pelayo • Osbaldo Resendis-Antonio • Octavio Valadez-Blanco