We study the global and non-global existence of positive solutions of a nonlinear parabolic equation. For this, we consider the forward and backward self-similar solutions of this equation. We obtain a family of radial symmetric global solutions which tend to zero as the time tends infinity. Next, we show that there are initial data for which the corresponding solutions blow up in finite time. Finally, we also construct some self-similar single-point blow-up patterns with different oscillations.
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