Why Choose Us for Adult Cystic Fibrosis Care?
A Long Tradition of Outstanding Care
The University of Chicago Cystic Fibrosis Center is home to one of the oldest pediatric CF programs in the country, dating back to 1967. In 1992, the center launched the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program to focus on the unique needs of managing CF in adults.
Each year, our program has more than 200 visits from adult patients, including many who have been in our care for more than 15 years.
The Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program is fully accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Our integrated care team provides the best treatments, education and support according to national guidelines.
Coordinated, Team-Based Care
Our experts embrace a multidisciplinary approach to treating adults with this complex chronic disease. Our team includes:
- Pulmonary medicine specialists (pulmonologists)
- Nurses specializing in pulmonary (lung) disorders
- Dietitians, who help manage nutritional problems caused by CF
- Social workers
- Respiratory care therapists
- Genetic counselors, who are available to speak with families about their concerns
These specialists will work with you to develop a treatment and support plan that meets your individual needs and lifestyle.
Specialized Diabetes Care for CF Patients
Our physicians and staff are experts in the treatment of cystic fibrosis as well as diabetes, which is common in adults with CF. To optimize care for patients with both conditions, our staff conducts a monthly CF-diabetes clinic with endocrinologists, diabetes nurse educators and dietitians. These experts are familiar with the unique challenges of treating diabetes in CF patients.
Expertise in Other Associated Conditions
Physicians at the University of Chicago Medicine offer focused treatment for other conditions that can develop in adults with CF, such as:
- Asthma and allergies
- Sinus problems
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Digestive and liver problems
- Premature bone loss
- Fertility issues
Together, we can design a treatment strategy that includes nutrition, medication and exercise that helps prevent or minimize complications such as digestive issues, diabetes and other complications such as hemoptysis and cystic fibrosis related liver disease.
Comprehensive Inpatient Care When Needed
Although our goal is to keep adults with CF out of the hospital, there may be times when inpatient care is required. CF patients benefit from the latest technology available at the University of Chicago Medicine, where we work with the inpatient care teams on treatment plans to help ease the transition to home-based therapy.
Leaders in Lung Transplantation
Some patients with advanced CF may be candidates for lung transplants. The University of Chicago Medicine is home to some of the most experienced transplant pulmonologists and surgeons in the country. In fact, one of our pulmonologists is considered a pioneer in lung transplantation.