Hearing your doctor say that you have small cell lung cancer can bring about a lot of emotions. It can be helpful to have a better understanding of what lung cancer is.
Small cell lung cancer (SCLC), sometimes referred to as "oat-cell carcinoma," occurs when the cells in your lungs start to grow unusually or uncontrollably. This unusual growth takes place inside your lungs or the lining of the airways. As more cancer cells grow, they can form into a tumor.
SCLC is an aggressive form of cancer because it can grow quickly. When the cancer is first found, it may only be present in one of the two lungs in the chest (limited-stage SCLC).
As the disease advances, it may spread to the other lung or to other parts of the body. This is called extensive-stage SCLC. For many people with SCLC, the cancer can spread soon after diagnosis.
There can be many different symptoms associated with SCLC. It is important to be aware of what they are so that you can discuss them with your healthcare provider.
Experiencing the above symptoms does not necessarily mean you have lung cancer. However, it is very important to talk to your healthcare team if you experience any of these symptoms. Your healthcare team has the knowledge and the tools needed to make the appropriate diagnosis.
What is TECENTRIQ?
TECENTRIQ is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with:
A type of lung cancer called small cell lung cancer (SCLC). TECENTRIQ may be used with the chemotherapy medicines carboplatin and etoposide as your first treatment when your lung cancer:
It is not known if TECENTRIQ is safe and effective in children.
What is the most important information about TECENTRIQ?
TECENTRIQ can cause your immune system to attack normal organs and tissues in any area of your body and can affect the way they work. These problems can sometimes become severe or life-threatening and can lead to death. You can have more than one of these problems at the same time. These problems may happen anytime during your treatment or even after your treatment has ended.
Call or see your healthcare provider right away if you develop any new or worse signs or symptoms, including:
Hormone gland problems
Problems can also happen in other organs.
These are not all of the signs and symptoms of immune system problems that can happen with TECENTRIQ. Call or see your healthcare provider right away for any new or worse signs or symptoms, including:
Infusion reactions that can sometimes be severe or life-threatening. Signs and symptoms of infusion reactions may include:
Complications, including graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), in people who have received a bone marrow (stem cell) transplant that uses donor stem cells (allogeneic). These complications can be serious and can lead to death. These complications may happen if you underwent transplantation either before or after being treated with TECENTRIQ. Your healthcare provider will monitor you for these complications.
Getting medical treatment right away may help keep these problems from becoming more serious. Your healthcare provider will check you for these problems during your treatment with TECENTRIQ. Your healthcare provider may treat you with corticosteroid or hormone replacement medicines. Your healthcare provider may also need to delay or completely stop treatment with TECENTRIQ if you have severe side effects.
Before you receive TECENTRIQ, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
The most common side effects of TECENTRIQ when used in lung cancer with other anti-cancer medicines include:
TECENTRIQ may cause fertility problems in females, which may affect the ability to have children. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have concerns about fertility.
These are not all the possible side effects of TECENTRIQ. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information about the benefits and side effects of TECENTRIQ.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.
You may also report side effects to Genentech at 1-888-835-2555.
Please see full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide for additional Important Safety Information.
Find information about TECENTRIQ® (atezolizumab) for extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC). Watch the end of the video for full important safety information.
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