Request an Appointment Online, or call us at (888) 824-0200

The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Cystic Fibrosis Treatment Options

Although there is still no cure for CF, new therapies and regular follow-up care are helping children with CF grow up and live into their 50s and 60s.

Our experts will work with you to develop a personalized care plan for your child that may include one or more of the following options.

Medication Therapy

Medication is often a key component of your child's treatment. Our team can establish a medication regimen that is right for your child. It may include:

  • Mucus-thinning medicines and other medications to help keep airways clear
  • Ivacaftor, a new medication that can help some children with CF who have specific mutations in the gene
  • Oral, inhaled or intravenous (IV) antibiotics to control infections

Respiratory Therapy

Freeing mucus from the lungs improves their function and is critical for managing CF. Our team can provide guidance on techniques and devices that help clear your child's airways at home.

Nutrition Therapy

Digestive issues are a common concern in children with CF. Nutrition therapy can help minimize the associated symptoms, such as pain and constipation. Our experts can develop a customized plan that includes a well-balanced diet to help maintain your child's weight. It also may include oral pancreatic enzyme replacement to improve digestion as well as supplements to prevent nutritional deficiencies

A registered dietitian with expertise in CF is available every time you visit the center to discuss your child's nutritional needs.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Being active is important for young people to stay healthy, especially if they have CF. Our specialists can get your child started in a pulmonary rehabilitation program, which includes exercise to improve or maintain lung function.

Home Oxygen Therapy

Children and adolescents with advanced CF may require oxygen therapy. Our team can help coordinate these services for you.

Compassion and Support

Caring for a child with CF can present many challenges for families. Our team includes social workers who can help parents and patients develop strategies to manage CF over the long term.

Lung Transplant

Teens and young adults with severe CF may be candidates for lung transplant. If you would like to find out if your teen or young adult is a candidate for a transplant, our medical team can make an assessment and refer you to our highly skilled lung transplant experts at the University of Chicago Medicine.