NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - LSU's live tiger mascot, Mike IV, has begun treatment for his rare form of cancer known as spindle cell sarcoma. Mike was diagnosed on May 12 after a physical examination at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.
According to an LSU spokesperson, Mike was anesthetized and taken to Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, Saturday for a radiation treatment simulation. During the process, doctors acquired multiple CT images to help map the tumor in Mike's face.
Officials say that the treatment won't cure the cancer but would allow him to live comfortably longer. The officials add that with the treatment, Mike could live an additional 1-to-2 years.
The cancer center was chosen for treatment due to their longstanding relationship with LSU's Veterinary School and because of their technology and facilities necessary for Mike's treatments.
Mike was returned to his night house at LSU, Saturday, where he is recovering from his general anesthesia while being closely monitored by LSU's attending veterinarian David Baker, DVM, PhD and his veterinary student caretakers.