Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that causes mucus in the body to become thick and sticky. This glue-like mucus builds up and causes problems in many of the body's organs, especially the lungs and the pancreas. People who have cystic fibrosis can have serious breathing problems and lung disease. They can also have problems with nutrition, digestion, and growth. The disease generally gets worse over time. The life expectancy for people with cystic fibrosis has been steadily increasing.
Make a Plan to Stay Healthy
Most people with cystic fibrosis can lead active lives—depending upon the severity of their disease—with routine therapies and regular visits to a CF care center. Knowledge is power and knowing your CF is important to staying healthy. The team at St. Luke’s Cystic Fibrosis Center of Idaho works with each patient to develop an individualized treatment plan, which supports a healthier body that's better able to deal with bacteria and chronic lung infection. Many people with CF can slow the disease's progression by following the treatment plan, which typically include a high-calorie, high-fat diet; therapies to loosen clogged mucus from airways; and mucus-thinning medications and antibiotics, when needed.
Our goal is to help you lead a long, healthy life. We'll support you and your family every step of the way to ensure high-quality health care and education in managing your cystic fibrosis, as well as improvement in your quality and length of life.
We are proud to be accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as a program that supports both pediatric and adult patients and meets high standards in patient care; ongoing patient, provider, and community education; and contributions to cystic fibrosis research.