Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes problems in the lungs and digestive system. It’s not curable—yet—but there are treatments for the symptoms.
Since the identification of cystic fibrosis as an illness, life expectancy has gone from only 6 months to 37 years. Today, about half of those living with CF are over 18 years old. People with CF can live active, satisfying lives.
The Rising Life Expectancy of Cystic Fibrosis
Life expectancy for people with cystic fibrosis has more than doubled since 1980. Improvements in early detection, antibiotic treatment, and lung transplants have greatly improved the quality of life for people with CF. The identification of the CF gene in the 1980s led to earlier detection and more focused treatment. In the 1990s, improved knowledge about cross-infection and CF changed the way treatment is handled. Today, new treatments are constantly being developed and released.
People with CF go to college, have jobs, get married—some even have children of their own. Modern medications and techniques for managing symptoms make for longer, happier lives for people with CF. Talk with your doctor about what your own expectations should be.
Hope for the Future in Treating Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis research is active and ongoing. New developments and clinical trials are happening all the time. Gene therapy could one day eliminate the underlying causes of the illness. Improvements in lung transplants could put an end to waiting lists and transplant rejection. There is reason to be excited about future treatments, which gives you all the more reason to manage your symptoms now.
One way money is raised for research is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Great Strides fundraising event. Over 125,000 people take part in nearly 600 walks across the country. Organizers provide children’s activities, food, and family fun for everyone who comes out. These walks are a perfect opportunity to show community support for people living with cystic fibrosis.
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