Chronic inflammation in people with cystic fibrosis causes damage to lung tissue that can eventually lead to respiratory failure. Researchers are trying to discover ways to dampen the exaggerated immune response that causes chronic inflammation without affecting the body's natural defenses against infection.
People with cystic fibrosis can experience complications in the pancreas, liver, and intestines that can lead to malnutrition, constipation, liver disease, and other digestive issues — including abdominal pain and poor appetite. Learn about research underway to address digestive system issues in CF.
Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD) is a unique type of diabetes that is common in people with CF. Learn about research underway to improve CFRD diagnosis and treatment.
Because cystic fibrosis is a complex disease, it requires a team approach with you or your child at the center. Your CF care team includes a group of CF health care professionals who partner with you to provide specialized, comprehensive CF care.
Teams of dedicated health care professionals in a nationwide network of more than 130 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-accredited care centers partner with people with CF and their families to provide expert care and specialized disease management.
People with cystic fibrosis are prone to infections because of the thick, sticky mucus that clogs their airways. We are funding research to help fight these infections.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation made a strategic commitment to develop a multi-pronged approach to help people with cystic fibrosis stick with their treatment plans called Partnerships for Sustaining Daily Care (PSDC). Learn more about this initiative and how you can get involved.
People with cystic fibrosis have thick, sticky mucus that blocks passages in their lungs, making it difficult for them to breathe and predisposing them to infections. New drugs are under development that will help break up and hydrate mucus in the lungs to make it easier to clear.