New details have emerged from LSU mascot Mike VI’s radiation treatment for his spindle cell sarcoma.
LSU released an update on its beloved tiger, saying he has recovered nicely from his June 1 stereotactic radiotherapy session: David Baker, LSU’s attending veterinarian, said Mike’s face is once again symmetrical and his right eye is no longer partially closed after treatment reduced swelling in his face.
All this suggests to doctors that the tumor in Mike’s face has shrunk in size, and that he will not need any more treatment for the foreseeable future.
The release did acknowledge that Mike’s treatment is not designed to cure his cancer; while it did considerably improve his lifespan (from two months to two years, potentially), radiation-resistant tumor cells will eventually resume growth in the tumor.
But for the time being, Mike’s attitude, weight and appetite are all normal, and he should be able to continue his life comfortably.