LSU’s live tiger mascot, Mike VI, has been diagnosed with a rare cancer that figures to trim his life expectancy significantly, the school announced.
Mike VI received the diagnosis after his veterinarian, David Baker, and his team noticed swelling on right side of Mike’s face.
Tests revealed that Mike has a tumor in has face near his nose called spindle cell sarcoma. The cancer is unlikely to spread to other parts of the body but is not curable.
Without treatment, Mike could live just 1-2 months, but with treatment, he could live 1-2 years.
Mike’s treatment plan will involve “stereotactic radiotherapy,” which delivers radiation directly to the affected area, sparing the surrounding tissues. The radiation could be given once or be split up into small doses for up to three days.
Mike’s attitude and demeanor appear to be unchanged, the school says, and he does not appear to be in any pain.