Metastatic non-small cell lung cancer doesn’t simply affect the person with cancer. Family and friends play an important role in the care of a loved one.

Tips for caregivers

Your role as a caregiver

As a caregiver, you may play an important role in your family member or friend’s care. Here are a few tips that may be helpful to you and your loved one:

  • Consider writing down any questions that either of you would like to ask the healthcare team
  • Offer to go with your family member or friend to medical appointments
  • Find out if there are any special instructions and treatment tips the healthcare team recommends
  • You can reach out to family and friends who may want to help with the tasks associated with caregiving
  • Keep track of medical information and appointments
  • Note any changes in symptoms or side effects

Communicating with your loved one

Communication with your loved one is one of the most valuable tools you have. The more you know about how your loved one is feeling, the better prepared you will be to help them. Your support is valuable, and sometimes just being there to talk and listen can make a big difference.

Here are a few tips for creating a healthy dialogue:

  • Ask if it’s a good time to talk
  • Be supportive, listen, and avoid interrupting
  • Think about what you will say in advance
  • Speak from the heart
  • Remember that you can have more than one talk
  • Try to avoid saying “It’ll be okay”

When Mary Ann was diagnosed with NSCLC, her husband Carl found himself in a new role—the caregiver.

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Taking care of yourself

Caring for a loved one is a wonderful act—but as a caregiver, you’re likely to face many new responsibilities, many of which may be unfamiliar or overwhelming.

Here are a few steps you can take to reduce part of the burden known as caregiver stress:

Learn as much as you can

The more you know about non-small cell lung cancer, the less stress you may feel about being a caregiver.

Set realistic goals

Break large tasks into smaller steps that you can do one at a time. Prioritize, make lists, and establish a daily routine.

Celebrate small victories

Everything you are doing truly matters. Remember, just being with your loved one can make a world of difference.

Talk to other caregivers

It can be comforting to talk to others who understand what you’re going through. The Internet may be a good place to start.

Take care of yourself

Your health is important, too. Be sure to find ways to relax and get the rest you need. Eat proper meals and exercise regularly. And be sure to see your own doctor for regular checkups.

Know your limits

Be realistic about how much of your time and yourself you can give to your loved one’s care. Be sure to set clear limits, and communicate those limits to the person you are caring for. 

Discover additional support

Support for TECENTRIQ® (atezolizumab) Patients

Find cancer-related organizations that can provide you with additional information, support, and advocacy.

Financial assistance options

TECENTRIQ® (atezolizumab) Financial Assistance

Genentech Access Solutions is a program that helps people who are taking TECENTRIQ.