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A 9-year-old's brain tumor left her paralyzed. After a Hopkins trial, doctors are using the word 'cure.'

A 9-year-old's brain tumor left her paralyzed. After a Hopkins trial, doctors are using the word 'cure.'

Eight years ago, Kaitlyn Dorman was so sick with cancer she was paralyzed and her vision blurred. Dependent on a wheelchair, the little girl was confined to living on the first floor of her family’s home.

Now 17, Kaitlyn can walk and see clearly. And she’s staring down her final months at Liberty High School, weighing college acceptance letters and composing tunes on her beloved piano.

She came to Dr. Eric Raabe as a 9-year-old with an aggressive brain tumor, and today he doesn’t hesitate when he describes her cancer outcome.

“We’re using the c-word, for cure,” said Raabe, an associate professor of pediatric oncology at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. “It’s not...

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