BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU's live mascot, Mike VI, was transported to the Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center Saturday morning to begin the first step of his treatment.
Mike VI was recently diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma, a rare type of cancer, after he was taken to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine for an examination.
Mike VI was taken to the Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake for a radiation treatment simulation where the Cancer Center team created equipment that will be used to help position him during radiation and took multiple CT images to map the location of the tumor.
At the Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, Mike VI will receive radiation treatment. Doctors will be able to very precisely target the tumor using stereotactic radiotherapy, or SRT. This method of radiation will spare the normal, healthy tissues surrounding the tumor.
Doctors have said that while the treatment will not be curative, it should extend Mike VI's life and allow him to live comfortably. Without treatment Mike VI would only survive one to two months but with treatment he could live another one to two years.
Mike VI has since been returned to his night house on LSU's campus.
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