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Respiratory Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis

There is no cure for CF. Goals of treatment are to ease symptoms, prevent and treat complications, and slow the progress of the disease.

Treatment generally focuses on the following 2 areas:

Management of lung problems

This may involve:

  • Physical therapy
  • Regular exercises to loosen mucus, stimulate coughing, and improve overall physical condition
  • Medicines to thin mucus and help breathing
  • Antibiotics to treat infections
  • Anti-inflammatory medicines

Management of digestive problems

This may involve:

  • A healthy diet that's high in calories
  • Pancreatic enzymes to aid digestion
  • Vitamin supplements
  • Treatments for intestinal blockages
Two new therapies have recently been approved specifically for the treatment of lung disease in CF. Speak with your healthcare provider to determine if these medicines are right for you.

Lung transplant may be a choice for people with end-stage lung disease. The type of transplant done is usually a heart-lung transplant, or a double lung transplant. Not everyone is a candidate for a lung transplant. Discuss this with your healthcare provider.