On Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, Baylor University announced that Lady, one of the University’s two American Black Bear mascots, is undergoing an innovative, noninvasive radiation treatment for a benign mass, or thymoma, in her chest. The asymptomatic tumor was found during a routine wellness examination with veterinarians at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
Lady has received treatment at Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital with a low-dose TomoTherapy System, a state-of-the-art treatment system that targets tumors while minimizing exposure of radiation to surrounding healthy tissues and causing fewer side effects compared to conventional forms of radiation therapy. Veterinarians continue to closely monitor the tumor, which has not grown since it was discovered. Lady lives at her campus home – the Bill and Eva Williams Bear Habitat – along with her older sister, Joy.
Additional Media Resources
2019 Bear Mascot Program Fact Sheet about the program, daily and medical/health care, and Lady’s diagnosis and treatment.
Photos, b-roll and video interview clips: https://baylor.box.com/v/BaylorBearsMascots
This folder includes photos and b-roll of Lady and Joy in the Bill and Eva Williams Bear Habitat on campus, at their off-campus enrichment facility and at Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, where Lady is being treated. In addition, the folder includes interview clips with J. Jill Heatley, DVM, zoological medicine specialist at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Please credit the photos to Matthew Minard/Baylor University and the video courtesy of Baylor University.
Baylor Bear Program website: www.baylor.edu/bear