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Osteosarcoma: Jaliyah's Story

At age 9, Jaliyah was diagnosed with an osteosarcoma. After swelling from an ankle sprain did not subside, a visit to Jaliyah’s primary care physician revealed that her ankle pain was caused by a tumor. When local specialists recommended amputation, Jaliyah’s mother, Joyce, searched for a second opinion to save her daughter’s leg.

Joyce found Carol Morris, M.D., M.S., chief of orthopaedic oncology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, who offered an alternative. Morris and her team performed a complex limb-sparing surgery, allowing Jaliyah to keep her leg. Learn more about Jaliyah’s story and the care team that gave her the chance to continue dancing.

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Osteosarcoma is a type of bone cancer that usually develops in the osteoblast cells that form bone. It happens most often in children, adolescents, and young adults. Approximately 800 new cases of osteosarcoma are reported each year in the U.S. 

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