Chang­ing the Out­look

Wellness Update - - Health News -

The me­dian age of sur­vival for CF pa­tients has in­creased to more than 37 years – far more en­cour­ag­ing than the six-month life ex­pectancy in the 50s. Along with this good news, comes the need to fo­cus on CF pa­tients who are liv­ing well into their adult years. With Gun­nar grow­ing into adult­hood, the Esi­a­sons have added the fo­cus of bridg­ing the gap be­tween pe­di­atric and adult CF care. With the life ex­pectancy ex­pand­ing, the re­search ef­forts have to ad­just as well. Part of bridg­ing that gap and ad­dress­ing this new mile­stone for the dis­ease, The Boomer Esi­a­son Foun­da­tion granted Columbia Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter $6 mil­lion to es­tab­lish the Gun­nar Esi­a­son Adult Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis and Lung Pro­gram in 2009.

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