Cystic Fibrosis Treatments
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a serious, life-long condition that can significantly reduce a person’s life expectancy, and can also result in poor health.
Women tend to be affected more severely than men, but the severity of illness can vary greatly. Some people with mild forms of CF can live to age 60 or beyond.
While there is currently no cure for CF, treatment at UPMC is aimed at:
- Keeping the airways and lungs as clear as possible
- Preventing and treating lung infections
- Improving nutritional status
Treatment plan for cystic fibrosis
Our treatment plan includes:
- Regular airway clearance in an effort to clear mucus from the lungs
- Inhaled therapies to hydrate and thin mucus
- Infection control of the lungs through inhaled, oral, and intravenous antibiotics, when indicated
- Regular exercise and nutritional support
The Adult Cystic Fibrosis Care Program at UPMC provides access to several additional therapies and resources for individuals affected by cystic fibrosis.
We also offer several therapies though our aggressive involvement in clinical trials.
For some patients with CF, medical therapy will not be enough and they may be evaluated for other types of treatment, including lung transplantation.
The UPMC Lung Transplantation Program is nationally renowned. Our experts have performed more than 1,400 lung transplants since the program’s inception.
Our CF program doctors work closely with members of the Lung Transplant Program to refer patients for evaluation, when the time is right.
View a list of UPMC adult cystic fibrosis doctors and staff.