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.

Your role as a caregiver

You play an important role in your loved one’s treatment journey. Being a caregiver means that you may have to be there for a loved one who has been there for you. Your help can make this difficult time a little easier for your loved one. You may find the information and resources below useful in your care.

Here are some tips on how you may be able to help support your loved one throughout their journey:


  • Talk to your loved one. Make sure they know you want to help and that communication is key
  • Offer to go with your loved one to medical appointments
  • Communicate with the entire healthcare team

Information Gathering

  • As a caregiver, you can act as an extra set of eyes and ears. Ask important questions and gather information to share with your loved one
  • Offer to help your loved one note any changes in symptoms or side effects
  • Keep track of medical information and paperwork
  • Find out if there are any special instructions and treatment tips that the healthcare team recommends

Emotional Support

  • Try to keep a positive attitude–it is beneficial for your loved one and for you
  • Spend time together and do things that remind you both that you have a relationship separate from your loved one’s diagnosis
  • Encourage your loved one to engage in the activities they like as much as possible

The value of communication

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 some different ways to help create 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
  • Don’t always say, “It’ll be okay”

Taking care of yourself

You play an essential role in the TECENTRIQ journey. Taking care of yourself is an important step towards ensuring that you're taking care of your loved one.

Below are some tips that may help you avoid feeling overwhelmed:

  • Keep a journal to organize thoughts and create memories
  • Have regular doctor checkups
  • Know your limits and be realistic about the time and energy you can give
  • Find time to relax and do what you enjoy
  • Go easy on yourself and focus on positive things you are doing for your loved one
  • Consider routines that can improve your mood and energy
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help; your family or friends can be your first resource
  • Consider joining a support group or talking to a counselor

Caregiver brochure

Thank you for taking an active role in your loved one's journey on TECENTRIQ. Access a brochure with information and resources specifically for you.

Additional support

Consult a list of organizations that can provide you with information, support, and advocacy

Financial assistance options

TECENTRIQ® (atezolizumab) Financial Assistance

TECENTRIQ Access Solutions is a program that may help people who are taking TECENTRIQ