Survival rates for CF patients after lung transplants encouraging

National Post

TORONTO — Canadians with cystic fibrosis who have a lung transplant get a definite boost in survival, with half of those who receive the new organs living at least 10 years following the surgery, researchers have found.

Their study, the first to use the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Registry to analyze post-transplant survival rates between 1988 and 2012, found 88 per cent of patients were alive after one year and 67 per cent had survived by the five-year mark.

“People think when you have cystic fibrosis and need a transplant, it’s a death sentence,” said lead author Dr. Anne Stephenson, a respirologist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto who specializes in treating CF. “But our paper shows that one-, three- and five-year survival rates following lung transplantation are really quite high.”

“It may actually prolong your life and prolong your life substantially,” Stephenson said Monday.

The study of 580 patients, which…

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