Learn about cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, pancreas, and other organs, and how to treat and live with this chronic disease.
CF is a rare genetic disease found in about 30,000 people in the U.S. If you have CF or are considering testing for it, knowing about the role of genetics in CF can help you make informed decisions about your health care.
If you or your child has just been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, or your doctor has recommended testing for CF, you may have many questions.
Diagnosing CF is a multistep process. A complete diagnostic evaluation should include a newborn screening, a sweat chloride test, a genetic or carrier test, and a clinical evaluation at a CF Foundation-accredited care center.
Raising a child with cystic fibrosis can bring up many questions because CF affects many aspects of your child’s life. Here you’ll find resources to help you manage your child’s daily needs and find the best possible CF care.
Living with cystic fibrosis comes with many challenges, including medical, social, and financial. By learning more about how you can manage your disease every day, you can ultimately help find a balance between your busy lifestyle and your CF care.
People with CF are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. As an adult with CF, you may reach key milestones you might not have considered. Planning for these life events requires careful thought as you make decisions that may impact your life.
People with cystic fibrosis are living longer and more fulfilling lives, thanks in part to specialized CF care and a range of treatment options.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-accredited care centers provide expert care and specialized disease management to people living with cystic fibrosis.
We provide funding for and accredit more than 120 care centers and 53 affiliate programs nationwide. The high quality of specialized care available throughout the care center network has led to the improved length and quality of life for people with CF.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation provides standard care guidelines based on the latest research, medical evidence, and consultation with experts on best practices.
As a clinician, you’re critical in helping people with CF maintain their quality of life. We’re committed to helping you partner with patients and their families by providing resources you can use to improve and continue to provide high-quality care.
As part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's mission to help improve the lives of people living with cystic fibrosis, the PSDC initiative taps the CF community to inform key efforts to support the management of daily care.
Your cystic fibrosis care team includes a group of CF health care professionals who partner with you to provide specialized, comprehensive CF care.
Many people living with cystic fibrosis and their families face complicated issues related to getting the care they need. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Compass makes sure that no one has to do it alone.
CF Foundation Compass is a service that helps people with CF and their families with navigating insurance options, connecting to legal information and experts, finding available financial resources, and tackling other life issues.
CF care team members are paramount in providing highly specialized care to people living with CF. CF Foundation Compass can help by serving as a strategic ally for care teams, so team members can focus on their patients’ care.
CF Foundation Compass can help you navigate insurance, financial, legal, and other issues you are facing. Use this online form to start your conversation with a Compass case manager today.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for CF and supports a broad range of research initiatives to tackle the disease from all angles.
The CF Foundation offers a number of resources for learning about clinical trials and treatments that are being developed to improve the treatment of cystic fibrosis.
Our understanding of CF continues to evolve as scientists study what causes the disease and how it affects the body. These insights drive the development of new and better treatments and bring us one step closer to a cure.
Researchers, supported by the CF Foundation, have made tremendous advances to improve the health and quality of life of people with CF. We are committed to providing the tools and resources you need to continuously build upon this work.
We asked -- and hundreds of you answered -- how you pass the time during long treatments. Check out what the CF community told us when we asked what makes you #morethanCF.
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The CF community is united in its search for a cure, but beyond that singularity, you are a group of unique individuals whose lives comprise so much more than a regimen of
clinic visits and vitals. That's why we came up with
#morethanCF, as a way for all of you who are connecting online through the Foundation's social media channels to share the bits of your daily lives that never make it onto a clinic file or hospital chart.
The first questions we asked had to do with
airway clearance techniques (ACTs). On average, a person with CF spends two hours per day clearing her airways in some fashion -- and a lot of you spend more time than that. These daily hours spent clearing your airways represent a big chunk of your life, and, if you're like me, you're probably a competent multi-tasker. So we wanted to know, what else do you do during this time?
It will come as no surprise that a lot of you spend time online: watching Netflix or YouTube, playing games, connecting with others on social media, reading news or just surfing. A number of you use treatment time as family time, when you play games, craft or just sit and talk with each other about life and dreams. Most surprising to me was that a couple of people told us they fall asleep when they're using their
vest. I wish I had the power to catch some shut-eye in the midst of disruption like those folks!
Today we're sharing two infographics that summarize the nearly 650 responses we got to the question, “How do you pass the time during ACTs?” Check out the chart below for the full breakdown, and then take a look at the graphic. It has some of our favorite stats and comments about what you do during ACTs, and how you choose to supplement your ACTs.
Online Community Events Lead, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Emily is the online community events lead at the CF Foundation. She comes to the Foundation after serving for three years as digital director at the Peace Corps. Emily has worked as a digital strategist for nonprofits, agencies and political campaigns, including three years with Organizing for America. In 2006, Emily earned a master's degree in cross-cultural journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism. She loves traveling, reading, exercising, cooking and eating well.
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This site contains general information about cystic fibrosis, as well as personal insight from the CF community. It is not intended as a substitute for treatment advice from a medical professional. Consult your doctor before making any changes to your treatment.
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