Esha Maiti

A Better Understanding of Tumors

Esha Maiti, USA Finalist, 17-18

The long-term survival chance of cancer patients critically depends on whether the primary tumor has metastasized to vital organs, Since metastasized tumors smaller than size ~10-15 mm cannot be seen with the current medical imaging techniques, I have developed a stochastic Monte Carlo simulation code with the aim of predicting the size and number distribution of metastasized tumors based just on the size of the primary tumor. In the process I hope to learn about important aspects of cancer spread, and provide doctors with a statistical tool that would help them make important surgery and post-surgery decisions.