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Lady, Baylor's bear mascot, receives clean tests after treatment

Lady Baylor Mascot
Posted at 5:55 PM, Dec 11, 2019
and last updated 2020-01-31 19:59:54-05

WACO, TX — Lady, one of Baylor University's bear mascots, received new tests that show no additional growth of the mass previously found in her chest.

Back on her normal diet, she is back to her normal spunky self! Her vet is monitoring the mass and how treatments affect it.

Lady underwent treatment for a benign tumor in December.

The university announced the 17-year-old American black bear is undergoing a radiation treatment for a benign cranial mediastinal mass, or thyoma, in her chest next to her heart.

The tumor was found in June during a routine wellness exam with veterinarians at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

Baylor says the treatment is innovative and noninvasive. The team finished treating Lady on Thursday, and they used treatment that had never been used on a bear. Lady was the first bear to be treated with TomoTherapy.

Lady will be monitored closely and assessed by her care team to ensure her comfort and recovery. She will be placed on a soft food diet for a few days to accommodate any throat irritation from anesthesia.