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Doctor insights on: Experimental Treatments For Cystic Fibrosis

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What are treatments for cystic fibrosis at home?

What are treatments for cystic fibrosis at home?

CF home treatments: Long term care of CF at home requires regular use of airway clearance therapies to keep lungs clear. Several methods to remove secretions with help of inhaled medications & devices (chest vest, manual percussion) are utilized. Chronic lung infections may also require use of inhaled antibiotics. Please consult a pediatric pulmonologist at a CF center to help guide therapy based on individual needs. ...Read more

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Cystic Fibrosis (Definition)

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder of the lungs and digestive tract. It causes recurrent lung infections and inhibits growth in patients. Average life expectancy of patients with cystic fibrosis ...Read more


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What are the treatments for cystic fibrosis parents do?

What are the treatments for cystic fibrosis parents do?

Big role of parents: Parents have a big role to play in management of their child's CF especially in first 10 years. CF infants require manual chest therapy twice daily to keep lungs clear & their parents have to give them all their medicines & enzymes several times a day to keep them healthy. Also paying close attention to nutrition pays in the long run. Not enough room here, talk to your CF doctor to learn more. ...Read more

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What are the treatments of cystic fibrosis at home?

What are the treatments of cystic fibrosis at home?

At home therapies: At home treatments for CF include airway clearance therapies that get mucus out of the lungs. These include a chest vest machine & several types of inhaled medications that make it easier for mucus to come out. Most CF pts also need enzyme replacement as pills every time they eat, multivitamins & reflux medications. Talk to your CF doctor to discuss home regimens as they are patient specific. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for a baby with cystic fibrosis?

What are the treatments for a baby with cystic fibrosis?

Nutrition/prevention: Cystic fibrosis treatment plans depend on the clinical, infectious and gene mutation. There are some treatments delivered by inhalation to thin airway secretions and others to treat or prevent infections. Growth charts will monitor that growth of the baby and supplements may be provided to boost calories. I hope that this helps. Prmg pediatrics can review records faxed to 858 259 9689. ...Read more

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I want to see if there's any additional therapy I can do for my boyfriend. He has cystic fibrosis and I'd like to try to help ease the symptoms.

I want to see if there's any additional therapy I can do for my boyfriend. He has cystic fibrosis and I'd like to try to help ease the symptoms.

CF center: First I wish him all the best and good health and thank you for caring for him, any cystic fibrosis patient should be followed by specialists in a cystic fibrosis center, if you haven't done that already, please check the cystic fibrosis foundation on the web for help, www.cff.org, goodluck ...Read more

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How does gene therapy help cystic fibrosis?

Not available yet: Gene therapy is not available for cystic fibrosis (CF) yet (2012). Having said that, the underlying concept is that since CF is a genetic disease (meaning there is a defect in a gene), by repairing that defect through gene therapy, one can, hopefully, cure the disease. ...Read more

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Does gene therapy help a cystic fibrosis sufferer?

Does gene therapy help a cystic fibrosis sufferer?

Trials: Clinical trials for genetic therapy are underway. As of this time there is no approved method for gene tx in cf. Kalydeco, (ivacaftor) a new drug, dose reverse the effects of one subtype of cf, but it dose so by aiding the damaged sodium-chloride transporter to get in proper position and function normally. ...Read more

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How can gene therapy help a cystic fibrosis sufferer?

Not available: There is currently no gene therapy available for cystic fibrosis (cf). Since CF is a genetic disease, there is hope that, one day, gene therapy may provide a cure for this disease by, essentially, correcting the underlying genetic defect. ...Read more

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How can gene therapy help a cystic fibrosis sufferer?

Replace gene: In cystic fibrosis the underlying problem is that a single gene is not functioning. Gene therapy would allow that gene to be replaced with a normal functional gene. In theory, this would offer a cure. In practice, such a cure has proven elusive however work continues. ...Read more