Cystic fibrosis care

It's essential people with cystic fibrosis receive appropriate healthcare and advice on how to stay healthy to ensure they live longer and happier lives.

Treatments

There is no cure for cystic fibrosis, so people with CF must do treatments each day that aim to keep them well. Chest physiotherapy and taking pancreatic enzymes and medications are important aspects of their treatment.

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Nutrition

CF causes thick, sticky mucus in the pancreas, blocking the tiny tubes and preventing the flow of enzymes into the small intestine. Without these enzymes, nutrients can’t be absorbed from food, making it harder for people with CF to gain weight. People with CF require more calories than someone without CF.

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CFTR modulator therapies

Most treatments for cystic fibrosis focus on the symptoms of CF. Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) modulators aim to improve or restore function to the CFTR protein made by the CFTR gene.

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Mental health and wellbeing

Looking after your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health. Find out what help is available in New Zealand and information to support good mental health.

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Cross infection

Cross infection, or cross contamination, occurs when one person spreads an infection to another, either directly or indirectly. Find out how cross infection affects people with cystic fibrosis and how to minimise the risk.

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Transition

Transitioning from paediatric to adult cystic fibrosis clinics is a normal part of clinical care worldwide – it’s designed to meet your changing healthcare needs as you become an adult.

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Transplant

Lung transplantation may be an option for people with advanced lung disease caused by CF. Your CF specialist will decide if you may be assessed for transplantation.

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