A recent report on future trends in cystic fibrosis (CF) predicts a nearly 80% increase in the number of CF patients living into adulthood by the year 2025.
“Future Trends in Cystic Fibrosis Demography in 34 European Countries,” published in the European Respiratory Journal, was a unique study that forecasted the number of adult cystic fibrosis patients by 2025. Researchers in Belfast and their collaborators analyzed data from the European Cystic Fibrosis Society Patient Registry, with a specific focus on data from countries with extensive cystic fibrosis population coverage. With this data, the team compiled a model that indicated an overall increase of 50% in the cystic fibrosis patient population. This represented increases of 20% and 75% in children and adults, respectively.
Patient survival has been enhanced due to improved treatments within the last three decades. Previously, children had a low life expectancy, but many are now living into adulthood with an average age of approximately 40 years. In this next decade, 75% more patients are expected to survive into adulthood.