We have about 70 chapters and offices across the country that work diligently to raise funds and support our community in the search for a cure. They host events (including virtually and outdoors) and serve as a hub for the CF community. Get to know them!
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Infections are caused by tiny organisms. All germs have one thing in common: When they find a place that is good for them to live, they set up a home for themselves and multiply.
This is an exciting time in cystic fibrosis clinical research. Not only are there several clinical trials of therapies to treat the underlying cause of CF, but there are also many trials to treat key symptoms of CF and improve quality of life. These include studies of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories to treat lung infections and inflammation, as well as treatments to improve nutrition and digestion.
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.
You may have a lot of questions, and may not know where to start. While there is a wealth of information available, we pulled together a few of the key things you should know, and sources of help and support, right here on this page. Keep reading. You're in the right place.
Close to 40,000 people in the U.S. have cystic fibrosis, a rare genetic disease. The majority of people with CF are diagnosed by age 2 thanks to newborn screening tests. If you have CF or are considering testing for it, knowing about the role of genetics in CF can help you make decisions about your health care.
Living with a chronic disease, such as cystic fibrosis, can be emotionally challenging. Although moments of sadness and anxiety due to the uncertainty of your health may come and go, depression and persistent anxiety should be treated as part of your overall health and emotional wellness.