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.
The North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference (NACFC) provides a collaborative and educational forum for CF professionals to help advance CF research and care. This annual meeting brings together scientists, clinicians and caregivers from around the world to discuss and share ideas on the latest advances in CF research, care and drug development and to exchange ideas about ways to improve the health and quality of life for people with CF.
More than 5,000 researchers and health care professionals from around the world gathered in Denver on Oct. 18-20, 2018, for the 32nd annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference (NACFC).
Watch recordings of the plenary sessions from previous North American CF Conferences.
Richard C. Talamo Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award
Created in memory of Dr. Richard C. Talamo, the Talamo Award recognizes individuals who have spent their careers researching and caring for people with cystic fibrosis and whose contributions have altered the course of this disease.
Carolyn and C. Richard Mattingly Leadership in Mental Health Care Award
The Carolyn and C. Richard Mattingly Leadership in Mental Health Care Award honors those in the community who are committed to the mental health of people with cystic fibrosis.
Mary M. Kontos Award
The Kontos Award, created in 2014, recognizes the contributions of nonphysician members of a care team who demonstrate a passion for excellence and commitment to care of individuals with cystic fibrosis.
Quality Care Awards
The Quality Care Awards recognize Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-accredited care centers that have continuously demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality of care they provide to people with cystic fibrosis.
Paul di Sant’Agnese Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award
The award -- the highest scientific honor awarded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation -- recognizes those who have made significant contributions to our scientific understanding of CF.
Robert J. Beall Therapeutics Development Award
The Robert J. Beall Award, created in 2015, recognizes members of the CF scientific community whose work embodies and carries on Beall’s innovative, determined and collaborative spirit in driving advances in CF research.
Fighting Infections in the Age of CFTR Modulators
As a mother of two children with cystic fibrosis, I am glad to hear that the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is launching the Infection Research Initiative to address the chronic infections that dramatically impact the lives of people with CF.
Significant Progress Has Been Made in Inflammation Research
Finding a way to reduce lung inflammation in cystic fibrosis has challenged researchers, but we have made important advances in our understanding of this CF complication in just the last few years. Several drugs also are in development to fight another complication -- the inability to clear mucus from the lungs.
With more than 70 chapters and offices across the country, it’s easy to find and join a local Cystic Fibrosis Foundation chapter near you.
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