LOUISIANA state university veterinarians collaborate with cancer center to treat mascot’s tumor

May 25, 2016

LSU veterinarians collaborate with cancer center to treat mascot’s tumor

Louisiana State University mascot Mike the Tiger has been diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma, and a tumor on the right side of his face is crowding his eye. Mike will be transported to the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to receive stereotactic radiotherapy, which zaps the tumor with X-rays but spares surrounding cells. “Just think that some of the diseases that humans suffer from afflict animals as well, and the study of these can benefit understanding and treatment of the other,” said LSU Veterinary School Dean Joel Baines. “In this way, veterinary medicine can benefit humans and human medicine can benefit animals.”

The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) (5/23),  USA Today/The Associated Press (5/23)