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.


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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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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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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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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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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