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.
Partnerships for Sustaining Daily Care is tapping the cystic fibrosis community to address barriers in managing daily care. This initiative will establish objective measures, promote a national dialogue and design and test interventions.
As part of the CF Foundation's mission to help improve the lives of people living with CF, the Partnerships for Sustaining Daily Care initiative taps the CF community to inform key efforts. In addition to designing and testing interventions to improve disease self-management, the initiative will help establish objective measures to identify and assess barriers in managing daily care, while also promoting a national dialogue about adherence.
Objective adherence measures can trigger discussions about the sustainability of treatment plans among patients, families and members of their care teams during care center visits. Prescription refill data is one widely available measure of adherence, a fact that prompted the CF Foundation to contract with a third party to trial a prescription refill tool. Thirteen pediatric and adult CF programs piloted this tool to learn how a report on medication usage and refill history can facilitate conversations among people with CF, families and care teams about adherence. Each pilot care team used quality improvement methodology to identify their best practices. The results from this pilot will inform if and how this resource may be used at other care centers.
An awareness campaign will launch to help shift the topic of adherence from a discrete focus on medications to a more holistic view that emphasizes the expertise of both the clinician and patient to coproduce a sustainable treatment plan. By sharing stories where you, as clinicians, have experienced the benefits, challenges and evolution of partnering with your patients and their families in care, we hope to spark a national conversation in our CF community. These stories will be used to identify strategies and develop tools that can be applied in both clinical practice and in daily care routines by the care teams, patients and families.
The campaign will include a graphic handout and discussion guide, where we ask you, as members of a care team, to reflect on your own practice and personal experiences. Please visit the CF Foundation's booth at NACFC, where you can participate in an interactive storytelling exercise. We hope that you will share your stories. To learn more, contact us at PSDCteam@cff.org.
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