LSU’s tiger mascot undergoes stereotactic radiotherapy

by Veterinary Practice News Editors | June 3, 2016 10:53 am

Louisiana State University[1]’s tiger mascot, Mike VI, recently underwent stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) at Mary Bird Perkins—Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. Mike VI was diagnosed with a spindle cell sarcoma in late May after he was taken to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine for a physical examination and diagnostic studies.

The procedure, which delivers a precise, concentrated dose of radiation, was performed with the hope to extend the nearly 11-year-old tiger’s life. The treatment is not curative, according to the university, but should allow him to live comfortably for some time.

LSU’s tiger mascot, Mike VI, was anesthetized in early June and taken to Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center for stereotactic radiotherapy, which delivered a precise, concentrated dose of radiation to Mike’s cancer.

Eventually, the radiation-resistant cells remaining in the tumor will resume growth. As for timeframes, it is estimated that without treatment Mike VI could live 1 to 2 months; with treatment, perhaps 1 to 2 years, according to the university.

It appears only one treatment is needed, LSU noted.

At press time, Mike VI was awake and recovering well back at his night house on the LSU campus. He was recovering from the general anesthesia necessary for the treatment.

Mike VI is not expected to experience more than mild and transient side effects from the treatment. LSU’s attending veterinarian David Baker, DVM, Ph.D., and his veterinary student caretakers will closely monitor Mike VI.

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Source: Louisiana State University

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