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Is there a cure for pulmonary Langerhans' cell histiocytosis (PLCH)?

There's no guaranteed cure for pulmonary Langerhans' cell histiocytosis (PLCH), but certain treatment may be completely successful. The first step of any treatment is to quit smoking. If people have truly stopped smoking, this treatment may be completely effective. Doctors may recommend a lung transplant to get rid of damaged lung tissue if a patient has serious lung damage. This can stop the disease, but if a patient smokes after the transplant, or if the disease has spread beyond the lungs, the disease may come back. Other treatments like steroids or chemotherapy may stop the disease for a time, but it may return. Talk to your doctor to find the most effective treatment for you.

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