Chase and LCH
Organized by: Emily and Nichole
When Chase was 4 months old, he was diagnosed with LCH. Never heard of LCH? Neither had I because it’s rare. It’s called Langerhans cell histiocytosis and it happens when the body accumulates too many immature Langerhans cells which are cells that normally help fight infection, but in LCH the cells build up in certain parts of the body and can cause tumors and damage organs. It is thought of as either an immune dysfunction or a rare form of cancer. The disease is believed to occur in 1:200,000 children. The cause for this disease is unknown. For Chase, the disease manifests itself on his skin causing him to have lesions. These lesions can be extremely dry and itchy or can be open sores that are painful At almost 2 years old, Chase has been fighting this disease for well over a year with some progress. However, he has a long way to go The doctors are stumped. He has seen many specialists, been poked and prodded, and has endless doctor visits and tests. He is now receiving chemotherapy 5 days a month through a drip IV into a port in his chest. The treatment has not been easy for him, but Chase is a fighter!
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