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Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis

Treatment for cystic fibrosis (CF):

Specific treatment for cystic fibrosis (CF) will be determined by your child's physician based on:

At the present time, there is no cure for CF. However, research in gene therapy is being performed. The gene that causes CF has been identified and there are hopes that this will lead to an increased understanding of the disease. Also being researched are different drug regimens to help stop CF. Goals of treatment are to ease severity of symptoms and slow the progress of the disease. Treatment may include:

Newer therapies include lung transplantation for patients with end-stage lung disease. The type of transplant done is usually a double lung transplant or a heart-lung transplant. Not everyone is a candidate for a lung transplant. Consult your child's physician for more information.

With medical and psychosocial support, many children and adolescents with CF can cope well and lead a productive life.

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