Peggy L. Olive, PhD | Authors

Apoptosis and Response to Radiation: Implications for Radiation Therapy

March 01, 1997

Tumor growth is the result of two opposing processes--cell division and cell loss. As long as division outpaces loss, tumors will continue to grow. The form of "active" cell death called apoptosis is now known to be controlled by specific genes, and it is hoped that manipulating the expression of these genes could shift the balance in favor of cell loss.