Cystic Fibrosis Unit
Improving quality of life one breath at a time
The Cystic Fibrosis (CF) unit at Jewish Hospital is dedicated to helping patients with CF ease their symptoms and reduce complications through cutting edge therapies and treatment plans. A team of specially trained staff and physicians work together on a daily basis to improve the life of every patient.
Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited disease that affects the lungs and digestive system, specifically the cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices, which are thin and slippery. A defective gene causes these secretions to become thick and sticky and instead of acting as a lubricant, they clog the lungs and obstruct the pancreas. This leads to life-threatening lung infections and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
The CF unit at Jewish Hospital offers the full continuum of care to Cystic Fibrosis patients by providing comprehensive treatment that includes clearing the airway (CTA) techniques, inhaled medications, antibiotics, dietary monitoring and alternative therapies, including lung and pancreatic transplant options.
If treatment fails to improve the patient’s condition and all other medical possibilities have been exhausted, the CF clinic will work closely with our Lung Transplant team to help the patient navigate transplant possibilities.