During your treatment, you’ll likely encounter a number of healthcare providers and others who have specialized knowledge about your care.
Sometimes known as an internist, a general practitioner, or the family doctor, your primary care physician may be the initial point of contact in your care. They may refer you to other specialists.
An oncologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancers with medicines, including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and other therapies. They manage cancer treatment and coordinate with the entire treatment team.
These healthcare providers have degrees and training in medical fields. Both help treat illnesses, provide patient education, and prescribe medications, often playing a key role in your care.
These nurses work to prepare and administer infused medications.
Navigators provide guidance through the healthcare system and help with issues or challenges that can arise. They may assist in coordinating care with other healthcare team members, along with financial support options, transportation, and even childcare.
A home health aide is a licensed professional who assists people at home with their personal care, including bathing, dressing, and other activities of daily living. This person may also assist with cooking and other household chores.
A nutritionist helps people manage their eating and hydration needs related to cancer and its treatment.
These healthcare professionals can help people learn to cope more effectively with life issues related to cancer.
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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