Cystic fibrosis research: celebrating advances, helping seniors cope (St. Paul's Hospital)

Only a few decades ago, children with cystic fibrosis weren't expected to live long enough to reach elementary school.

These days, there are more adults living with the genetic disease in Canada than there are children living with it, and the median age is more than 50 years old — according to Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

“Our adult clinic opened its doors in 1979 and at that time we only had 20 patients in the clinic and the maximum age of our clinic population was 28 years old,” said Dr. Bradley Quon, a respirologist at the Vancouver adult cystic fibrosis clinic at St. Paul's Hospital.

CBC News reports.

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