Currently, 25 – 30% of the lung transplant patients have cystic fibrosis.

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited or genetic disease that causes an overproduction of thick mucous in many organs of the body, but most commonly affects the lungs. As a result, patients with CF can have a chronic cough, phlegm production, shortness of breath, chest tightness, sinus problems and occasionally cough up blood. As the disease progresses the lungs will lose their functional capacity to a level where the patient is unable to live without a lung transplant.

The diagram below provides a before and after view of how CF affects a patient's lung(s).

Image of Lung with alveoli

What We Do for Cystic Fibrosis Patients

The Lung Transplant Program at the University Health Network works in partnership with the Toronto Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre and St. Michael's Hospital to:

  • Evaluate patients with cystic fibrosis who will need a lung transplant.
  • Provide education about lung transplantation for patients and families who will be listed for a transplant.
  • Permanent communication between the CF and the lung transplant teams about your status when you are listed for a lung transplant.
  • Outstanding care from CF and the lung transplant teams before, during and after your surgery.

If you would like to make an appointment please contact the booking office at 416-864-5409. You can also book an appointment by e-mail at or visit Toronto Adult Cystic Fibrosis centre for more information.

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