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Journal of Applied Mathematics
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 654978, 13 pages
Approximate Analytical Solutions for Mathematical Model of Tumour Invasion and Metastasis Using Modified Adomian Decomposition and Homotopy Perturbation Methods
1Institute of Mathematical Sciences, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2Faculty of Science & Technology, Open University Malaysia, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Received 21 August 2013; Revised 9 December 2013; Accepted 16 December 2013; Published 30 January 2014
Academic Editor: Hak-Keung Lam
Copyright © 2014 Norhasimah Mahiddin and S. A. Hashim Ali. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
The modified decomposition method (MDM) and homotopy perturbation method (HPM) are applied to obtain the approximate solution of the nonlinear model of tumour invasion and metastasis. The study highlights the significant features of the employed methods and their ability to handle nonlinear partial differential equations. The methods do not need linearization and weak nonlinearity assumptions. Although the main difference between MDM and Adomian decomposition method (ADM) is a slight variation in the definition of the initial condition, modification eliminates massive computation work. The approximate analytical solution obtained by MDM logically contains the solution obtained by HPM. It shows that HPM does not involve the Adomian polynomials when dealing with nonlinear problems.
Over the years, many mathematical models of tumour growth have appeared in literature [1–3]. These problems and phenomena are modeled by partial differential equations (PDE) such as deterministic reaction-diffusion equations which are used to model the spatial spread of tumours both at early growth and later invasive stages [4, 5]. In most cases, these problems do not admit analytical solution. So these equations should be solved using some particular techniques. Chaplain  used numerical solution (finite difference method) to solve the above problem. However, this method involved linearization, discretization, and assumption. Therefore, the real problem has to undergo simplification before it can be solved. In recent years, much attention has been devoted to the newly developed methods to construct an analytical solution of equation such as Adomian decomposition method (ADM)  and homotopy perturbation method (HPM) . Both methods yield rapidly convergent series solutions for linear and nonlinear equations. The advantages of these methods are that they provide direct scheme for solving the problem, that is, without the need for linearization and discretization. The accuracy of the ADM method was studied extensively by Hashim et al.  and compared with other methods [10, 11]. Anderson et al.  proposed a modification of the ADM by a slight variation from the standard ADM. The modified method (MDM) was established based on the assumption that the initial function can be divided into two parts and the success of the MDM depends mainly on the proper choice of the parts. In this paper, we present approximate analytical solution of tumour invasion and metastasis model  solved by MDM and HPM. The results from both methods are then compared and reveal their capability, effectiveness and convenience. Both methods give successive approximations of high accuracy solution.
2. Problem Formulation
Let us consider a system describing the interactions of the tumour cells (denoted by ), extra cellular matrix (ECM, denoted by ), and matrix degrading enzymes (MDE, denoted by ) is given by  where is the tumour cell random motility coefficient, is the MDE diffusion coefficient, is the haptotactic coefficient, and , , are the positive constants.
Non-dimensionalise of (1) by setting where is the tumour cell density, is the ECM density, is the MDE concentration, is the length scale, and is the time (, where is a reference chemical diffusion coefficient). By dropping the tildes for notational convenience, we obtain the scaled system of equations: where , , , , , and . The initial conditions of each equation are where is a positive constant.
The approximate solutions of (3)–(5) are obtained by integrating each equation once with respect to and using the initial condition. Hence we obtained In (7)–(9), we assume , and are bounded for all in , , and , for all , . The terms , , , , , and are Lipschitz continuous with
3. Mathematical Methods
3.1. Adomian Decomposition Method (ADM)
Operating on both sides of (11)–(13) with the integral operator leads to where are the nonlinear terms. The solutions , , and can be decomposed by an infinite series as follows : where , , and are the components of , , and that will elegantly be determined. The nonlinear term is decomposed by the following infinite series: where is called Adomian’s polynomial and defined by From the above consideration, the decomposition method defines the components , , and for by the following recursive relationships.
Anderson et al.  proposed that the construction of the zeroth component of the decomposition series can be defined in a slightly different way. The modified method (MDM) was established based on the assumption that if the zeroth component and the function is possible to divide into two parts such as and , one can formulate the recursive algorithm for and general term in a form of the modified recursive scheme as follows:
for , This type of modification is giving more flexibility to the ADM in order to solve complicated nonlinear differential equations. MDM scheme avoids the unnecessary computation especially in calculation of the Adomian polynomials. The computation of these polynomials will be reduced very considerably by using the MDM.
3.2. Homotopy Perturbation Method (HPM)
To solve (3)–(5) with the HPM method, we construct the following homotopy: or In HPM, the solutions of (25)–(28) are expressed as power series in : where is an embedding parameter and , , and are the arbitrary initial approximation satisfying the given initial condition. As approaches to 1, we obtained Substituting (29)–(31) into (25), Substituting (30)-(31) into (26), Substituting (29)–(31) into (27), Equating the coefficients of the terms in (32)–(34) with the identical powers of , we obtained the following.
4. Existence and Convergence of MDM and HPM
Proof. (I) Let and be two different solutions of (7) then
from which we get . Since , , implies and completes the proof.
(II) Let and be two different solutions of (8) then from which we get . Since , , implies and completes the proof.
(III) Let and be two different solutions of (9); then from which we get . Since , , implies and completes the proof.
Proof. Denote by the Banach space of all continuous functions on with the norm . Define the sequence of partial series ; let and be arbitrary partial sums with . We prove that is a Cauchy sequence in this Banach space.
(I) For (11), From , we have So,
(II) For (12), From , we have So,
(III) For (13), From , we have So, For (43), let ; then From the triangle inequality, we have similar steps for (46) similar steps for (49) Since , we have ; then But , so as then . We confide that is a Cauchy sequence in ; therefore the series converges and the proof is completed.
5. Numerical Experiment
5.2. HPM Method
Following the HPM method, we can obtain the first three terms of the polynomials.
ADM and HPM provide analytical solution in terms of an infinite power series (see (16) for ADM and (29)–(31) for HPM). The series consists of both positive and negative terms, although not in a regular alternating fashion. The ratio test was applied to the absolute values of the series coefficient. This provides a sufficient condition for convergence of the series for a space interval in the form: However, the approach in this study was to replace (71) with where is a large constant. Figures 1, 2, and 3 show the behavior of the function for increasing values of . It is clear from these figures that the ratio decays as increases, obviously indicating that the series is convergent.
Figures 4, 5, 6, and 7 show four snapshots in time of the tumour cell density, ECM density, and MDE concentration. The ECM profile shows clearly the degradation by the MDEs. As the MDEs degrade the ECM, the tumour cells invade via combination of diffusion and haptotaxis.
The tumour density distribution shows a small cluster of cells built up at the leading edge of the tumour due to haptotactic migration. As time evolves (Figures 5–7), this cluster of cells migrates further from the tumour main body and continues to invade the ECM at slower rate.
In this paper, the modified decomposition method (MDM) and homotopy perturbation method (HPM) were used to obtain the solutions for the nonlinear model of tumour invasion and metastasis. Although the main difference between MDM and ADM is a slight variation in the definition of the initial conditions, the modification demonstrates reliability and effectiveness in applying the present problem. This method thus eliminates the difficulties and massive computation work. Also it is shown that the obtained solution by MDM logically contains the solution obtained by HPM. The benefits of HPM with respect to MDM are HPM does not involve the Adomian polynomials which is a fundamental qualitative difference in analysis between HPM and MDM.
Conflict of Interests
The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.
This work is financially supported by the PPP Grant (P0257/2007A) provided by University of Malaya. The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support.
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