Cancer leads to robust changes in the mechanical landscape of both cells and the microenvironment. Those changes concern both mechanical properties of cells (most solid tumours cells are softer than their healthy counterparts) and of extracellular matrix (ECM) (it stiffens like, for example, in breast cancers). Here we would like to understand how changes in cellular deformability induced by anti-tumour drugs affect the outcome resulting from cancer treatment.
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