I am looking for a database(or any kind of information source) of cancer cells, which has information about the speed of reproduction of these cells, how fast they grow, etc.

So I could make my simulation as accurate as possible, as close to reality as possible (I am working on developing a software that simulates how cancerous cells spread).


Are you interested in growth rates in culture or in vivo (e.g. tumours)

Okay, I am a noob in biology, so let me explain it like that. I am using Voronoi graphs for simulation, so I think that I am interested in tumor level, how each cell interacts with each other, and thus how fast can cancerous cells overpopulate healthy(or other cancerous) cells.

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    $\begingroup$ I suggest making your title more specific. You should at least mention proliferation, growth rate or a similar term. $\endgroup$ Mar 4, 2017 at 17:45
  • $\begingroup$ Are you interested in growth rates in culture or in vivo (e.g. tumours) $\endgroup$
    – Gerhard
    Mar 5, 2017 at 10:11

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The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has a list of doubling times for a variety of commonly used cell lines, see https://dtp.cancer.gov/discovery_development/nci-60/cell_list.htm

I my experience, these doubling times are quite stable/reproducible, provided that cells are kept in standard culture conditions. While doubling times differ a lot between cell lines, they are also very different in size, and larger cells tend to have longer doubling times so that the biomass growth rate is actually rather similar between lines.

Note: these doubling times refer to cell culture conditions. Actual tumors in vivo grow much more slowly, due to lack of nutrients, suppression by immune cells, and what not. Estimating cell growth rates in tumors is a much more complicated business, and I don't know of any database for that.


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