LSU live mascot Mike VI is showing vast improvement following recent radiation therapy on the tumor found in his face, Mike’s veterinarian, David Baker, told The Advocate of Baton Rouge.
The swelling in Mike’s face has subsided, and that happened for one of two reasons — the tumor has shrunk in size, or the inflammation has reduced, Baker says. Mike had the radiation treatment on June 1.
“It’s my perception that had we not done this treatment when we did it, I think in a week or two, it would have been too late,” Baker said, according to the report. “So it was good that we did it.”
Baker stresses that despite Mike’s recent improvement, his illness is still expected to be terminal. It has been estimated that Mike could live 1-2 years with treatment.
“Will it be six months? Will it be eight months? Will it be two years and two months?” he asked rhetorically. “There’s no way to know.”
Mike’s treatment on June 1 lasted just six minutes, though much more time was spent in transporting and positioning him to have the treatment done.