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Take a look at our in-depth information packs and our briefer factsheets and leaflets which cover a whole range of issues that can affect people living with cystic fibrosis (CF).

We have information packs, booklets, factsheets, leaflets and more that cover a number of topics, ranging from issues surrounding diagnosis and screening to support with housing and prescription charges.

For more information, or to order any of our information packs, please contact our helpline.

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Bereavement

Bereavement resources
We have three resources for supporting you if you have lost someone to cystic fibrosis, including information for children and support for parents who have lost a child of any age to cystic fibrosis.

Body image

Body image and cystic fibrosis booklet
Our body image booklet explores body image issues people with CF have told us they can struggle with, and provides support and advice for dealing with these issues.

Cystic fibrosis-related conditions

Cystic fibrosis and bone health factsheet
In people with cystic fibrosis, thinning of the bones can occur at an earlier age than in the general population. This factsheet describes how bone health can be affected in cystic fibrosis and the implications of this, how bone strength is measured, and options for prevention and treatment of thinning bones.

Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes factsheet
Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD) is common in adults and adolescents with cystic fibrosis. This factsheet explains what diabetes is and why it can be associated with cystic fibrosis, and the care and treatment someone with CFRD should expect.

Cystic fibrosis-related liver disease factsheet
Liver disease in people with cystic fibrosis can be related to problems with the drainage of bile out of the liver via the bile ducts and gallbladder or also to scarring in the liver known as fibrosis and cirrhosis.

Melioidosis and worldwide travel factsheet
Melioidoisis is a rare but potentially life-threatening infection that can be contracted in some tropical countries. This factsheet contains advice on how to reduce your risk of contracting the infection if travelling to a country where meliodosis is present.

Diagnosis

New diagnosis parent information pack
A series of resources to help families who have just found out that their child has cystic fibrosis. You can order our new diagnosis pack by filling in the order form on the new diagnosis page.

Diagnosis in adulthood factsheet
This factsheet contains information about cystic fibrosis aimed at people who have been diagnosed with the condition in adulthood.

The sweat test for cystic fibrosis factsheet
Sweat tests can be used to help rule out or diagnose cystic fibrosis. This factsheet provides information on the sweat test, how it works, and why it is used.

Education and work

Pre-school and primary school pack
This pack provides information about all aspects of attending pre or primary school with cystic fibrosis, with information for both teachers who have a pupil with cystic fibrosis, and for parents whose children with CF are just starting school, changing schools or have a new teacher.

Secondary school pack
Find out more about the transition from primary to secondary school if you have cystic fibrosis and how you can develop an individual health care plan. You can use our helpful checklist and 'Ask the psychologist' section to help plan for your child's move to secondary school, and we've also created a secondary school magazine for young people with cystic fibrosis. You can order our secondary school pack by filling in the order form on the secondary school page.

Individual healthcare plan for schools
Download a template Individual Healthcare Plan to help plan your child's care with their school.

Leaving school
Read our leaving school booklets for young people with CF and their friends and families, and download our booklet for training providers, colleges and universities. We've also created an animation all about how to choose your options after leaving school.

End of life planning

End of life planning
We have created a guide for end of life planning for people with cystic fibrosis, with practical information to help anyone who wants to ensure their wishes at the end of their life and following their death are noted.

Family planning

Thinking of starting a family? A guide for adults with cystic fibrosis and their partners 
Find out more about the considerations involved when deciding whether or not you'd like to start a family if you or your partner have cystic fibrosis.

Family genetic testing: The family cascade screening programme for cystic fibrosis factsheet
A guide to the family cascade screening programme for cystic fibrosis.

Festivals

Festival planning information
Attending a festival can be an exciting time for people of any age. We've put together some useful advice on staying safe and healthy at a festival if you have cystic fibrosis.

Money and benefits

Financial help factsheet
This factsheet provides information about the financial support that may be available for people with cystic fibrosis and their families from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and other organisations.

Completing the DLA form: Hints and tips factsheet
Find out more about applying for DLA if you have cystic fibrosis or if you have a child with cystic fibrosis (if they are under 16). This factsheet focuses on completing the claims form in relation to care needs.

Guidance for PIP: Face-to-face assessments factsheet
Tips and guidance to help support you with the face-to-face assessment for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Prescription charges factsheet
In England many people with cystic fibrosis still have to pay for their medical prescriptions. This factsheet provides information about prescription charges in England, including the current costs, how charging works, who is exempt, and the CF Trust’s stance.

Moving from paediatric to adult care (transition)

Transition from paediatric to adult care: guide for young people factsheet
This factsheet provides information for young people with cystic fibrosis about what to expect when moving from paediatric to adult care, and explains the differences between the two.

Transition from paediatric to adult care: guide for parents factsheet
This factsheet provides information for parents about what to expect when their child with cystic fibrosis moves from paediatric to adult care, and explains the difference between the two.

Transition from paediatric to adult care: A guide for commissioners, hospital and clinical teams factsheet
The transition from paediatric to adult cystic fibrosis care should be a planned, collaborative process involving professional caregivers, the young person and family. This factsheet outlines how to ensure the transition process runs smoothly for your patients.

Nutrition

We have worked with dietitians from the Cystic Fibrosis Dietitian Group UK (CFDGUK) to create this series of leaflets, which have information about different aspects of nutrition for people with cystic fibrosis. These include information on achieving a healthy weight, calcium and bone health, eating well for children, iron, salt, vitamins, nutrition and pregnancy and more. You can view all of our nutrition leaflets here.

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy leaflets

We have worked with the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Cystic Fibrosis (ACPCF) to produce a series of leaflets to complement the advice and teaching physiotherapists give people with cystic fibrosis. These include information on how to improve your posture, bubble PEP, airway clearance, pelvic floor exercises, how to use your PEP mask and more. You can view all of our physiotherapy leaflets here.

Physiotherapy factsheets

We also have three physiotherapy factsheets covering key topics such as airway clearance and urinary incontinence in a little more detail.

Physiotherapy treatment for babies and toddlers with cystic fibrosis factsheet
Looking after the chest and keeping the lungs clear is extremely important in cystic fibrosis. This factsheet is an introduction to chest physiotherapy and its use in babies and toddlers with cystic fibrosis.

Physiotherapy treatment in cystic fibrosis: Airway clearance techniques factsheet
Looking after the chest and keeping the lungs clear is extremely important in cystic fibrosis. This factsheet explains why it is important to keep the lungs clear and the various airway clearance techniques available for people with cystic fibrosis.

Urinary incontinence factsheet
Urinary incontinence may be experienced by women and, to a lesser degree, men with cystic fibrosis. This factsheet explains why urinary incontinence may occur in people with cystic fibrosis, and what help is available.

Resources for children

Our two children’s books are written for children who have a parent with cystic fibrosis. Watch animated versions of both books here.

Taking part in clinical trials

Taking part in clinical trials: A guide for people with cystic fibrosis, parents and family members
Find out more about clinical trials and what’s involved.

Transplants

Transplant booklets
We worked with people with CF, their families and clinicians to create three booklets on transplant. One booklet is for people with CF going through the transplant process, one is for partners and families of people with CF, and the other is for families and carers of children with the condition.

Treatments, therapies and care

Home intravenous therapy factsheet
This factsheet addresses some questions you may have about home intravenous antibiotic treatment for treating cystic fibrosis and compares the advantages and disadvantages of home IVs compared to those given in hospital.

Inhaled therapy for people with cystic fibrosis factsheet
Inhaled antibiotics are a common part of the cystic fibrosis treatment regime. This factsheet provides information on the different types of nebulisers available, how to look after your nebuliser and the types of medications that can be nebulised.

Steroid treatment in cystic fibrosis factsheet
This factsheet contains information on steroid treatment in cystic fibrosis, including the different types of steroids, what they are used for, how they are given and their possible side effects.

The use of ports in cystic fibrosis factsheet
A portacath (port) is a totally implantable venous access device (sometimes called a TIVAD for short), which is placed under the skin and is a means of delivering medication to the body easily and effectively. This factsheet provides answers to some common questions people have about portacaths and cystic fibrosis.

Reading material

We have plenty of publications about living with cystic fibrosis, from factsheets by clinicians to our bi-annual 'is' magazine, featuring real-life stories.

Find support

There's loads of support available for people with cystic fibrosis and their families, from grants to help with benefits.

Research areas

Researchers are investigating a range of issues related to cystic fibrosis, from transplants to bacterial infections and gene therapy.