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LSU Mascot Mike The Tiger Has "Extremely Rare" Form Of Cancer

We've got some sad news out of Baton Rouge Monday morning. LSU mascot Mike VI, one of the more beloved mascots in college football, has been diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer called spindle cell sarcoma. Mike, who has a tumor in his face, will soon undergo radiation treatment that will hopefully extend his life.

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According to LSU,without treatment, Mike would likely pass away within 1-2 months. With it, it could be a year or two. Here's more:

This treatment is not curative but should extend Mike's life and allow him to live comfortably for some time. SRT will be performed by experts at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center here in Baton Rouge, in conjunction with Mike's veterinary team.

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 1-2 months; with treatment, perhaps 1-2 years.

Mike VI was born in 2005 and has served as the school's mascot since 2007.