Donate to Adult Cystic Fibrosis Research, Patient Care and Education
When cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive lubricants are compromised by a defective gene, these secreted fluids thicken, become stuck and can plug passageways in the lungs and pancreas. This condition is cystic fibrosis. An inherited condition, cystic fibrosis causes severe damage to organs. However, if properly treated in our program, adults with cystic fibrosis are able to lead full and productive lives.
Northwestern Medicine’s Adult Cystic Fibrosis program is equipped with comprehensive screening, diagnostic and treatment options, and, with your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help the program to continue to thrive.
Adults and children with cystic fibrosis often have high levels of salt in their sweat. Other signs include respiratory and digestive complications as well as bouts of inflamed pancreas, infertility and pneumonia. Symptoms of cystic fibrosis in the respiratory system in wheezing, difficulty exercising and repeated lung infections.
At Northwestern Medicine, multidisciplinary teams of physicians who specialize in cystic fibrosis can recommend treatments based on a patient’s general health and the severity of the disease. Treatment options include medications, chest therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation, as well as surgery in extreme cases to remove polyps. Lifestyle changes that include exercise, specialized diets, refraining from alcohol and tobacco consumption may be prescribed as well.
Adult Cystic Fibrosis Research, Patient Care and Education Donation
Your donation to Northwestern MemorialFoundation will provide vital support to the physician-scientists at Northwestern Medicine who are working tirelessly to effectively diagnose and treat cystic fibrosis in adults.