Support for loved ones

Support your loved ones with lung cancer while also taking care of yourself

When someone you love has lung cancer

Getting a lung cancer diagnosis can be an extremely emotional experience for everyone. While you want to do everything you can for your loved one, it’s just as important to take care of yourself. Here are some ways to help you do both.

Helping your loved one

Learn about the disease and treatments. Offering to help with research will not only show that you care but will also help take the load off your loved one.

Join your loved one on doctor visits. You can be a second set of ears, write down information, and ask questions too.

Offer your help. Doing chores, shopping, and other tasks can really make things easier for someone living with lung cancer.

Include your loved one in activities. Doing things together can provide a sense of normalcy and help you both stay connected.

Celebrate milestones. Take time to recognize and celebrate successes and achievements. This can have an empowering impact on your loved one’s sense of well-being.

Taking care of yourself

Take time for you.
Your own mental, physical, and emotional well-being is key to supporting your loved one. Taking short breaks and doing things you like to do can help make you a more effective caregiver.

Talk through your emotions.
It’s normal for you to feel a wide range of emotions. Talking about how you feel with other people caring for a loved one with cancer can help you manage your emotions.

Consider joining a support network.
Cancer survivors are a great resource for answering questions and possibly offering firsthand advice. The website WhatNext.com lets you connect with a large network of people who are living with cancer.

Stay as healthy as you can.
It’s easy to forget to take care of your own health. Follow a healthy diet, exercise when you can, and get enough sleep.

Accept help from others.
Throughout your journey, family and friends will often ask what they can do to help. It’s okay to accept help from others.

Get help building a support team.
The website CaringBridge.org helps you create a free, personal website to coordinate help from family and friends. Another website called CareZone.com lets you organize files, contacts, and medications, as well as create calendars and to-do lists.

Use social media to get connected.
The TAGRISSO Facebook community is a place to find support, connect with others, and share your journey living with lung cancer.

The LVNG With Lung Cancer Facebook community is a community of people living with lung cancer who are inspiring each other to face each day with authenticity and hope.

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A disease in which abnormal cells divide out of control, at a very fast rate. These abnormal cells can spread to other nearby organs and tissues.

Important Safety Information

TAGRISSO may cause serious side effects, including:

  • lung problems. TAGRISSO may cause lung problems that may lead to death. Symptoms may be similar to symptoms from lung cancer. Tell your doctor right away if you have any new or worsening lung symptoms, including trouble breathing, shortness of breath, cough, or fever
  • heart problems, including heart failure. TAGRISSO may cause heart problems that may lead to death. Your doctor should check your heart function before you start taking TAGRISSO and during treatment as needed. Tell your doctor right away if you have any of the following signs and symptoms of a heart problem: feeling like your heart is pounding or racing, shortness of breath, swelling of your ankles and feet, feeling lightheaded
  • eye problems. TAGRISSO may cause eye problems. Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of eye problems which may include watery eyes, sensitivity to light, eye pain, eye redness, or vision changes. Your doctor may send you to see an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) if you get eye problems with TAGRISSO
Important Safety Information

TAGRISSO may cause serious side effects, including:

  • lung problems. TAGRISSO may cause lung problems that may lead to death. Symptoms may be similar to symptoms from lung cancer. Tell your doctor right away if you have any new or worsening lung symptoms, including trouble breathing, shortness of breath, cough, or fever
  • heart problems, including heart failure. TAGRISSO may cause heart problems that may lead to death. Your doctor should check your heart function before you start taking TAGRISSO and during treatment as needed. Tell your doctor right away if you have any of the following signs and symptoms of a heart problem: feeling like your heart is pounding or racing, shortness of breath, swelling of your ankles and feet, feeling lightheaded
  • eye problems. TAGRISSO may cause eye problems. Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of eye problems which may include watery eyes, sensitivity to light, eye pain, eye redness, or vision changes. Your doctor may send you to see an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) if you get eye problems with TAGRISSO

Before taking TAGRISSO, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have lung or breathing problems
  • have heart problems, including a condition called long QTc syndrome
  • have problems with your electrolytes, such as sodium, potassium, calcium or magnesium
  • have a history of eye problems
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. TAGRISSO can harm your unborn baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment with TAGRISSO or think you may be pregnant
    • Females who are able to become pregnant should use effective birth control during treatment with TAGRISSO and for 6 weeks after the final dose of TAGRISSO
    • Males who have female partners that are able to become pregnant should use effective birth control during treatment with TAGRISSO and for 4 months after the final dose of TAGRISSO
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if TAGRISSO passes into your breast milk. Do not breastfeed during treatment with TAGRISSO and for 2 weeks after your final dose of TAGRISSO. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby during this time

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take a heart or blood pressure medicine

The most common side effects of TAGRISSO are:

  • diarrhea
  • rash
  • dry skin
  • changes in your nails, including: redness, tenderness, pain, inflammation, brittleness, separation from nailbed, and shedding of nails
  • mouth sores
  • tiredness
  • decreased appetite

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the possible side effects of TAGRISSO. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-fda-1088.

What is TAGRISSO?

TAGRISSO is a prescription medicine for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic). TAGRISSO is used:

  • as a first treatment if tumors have a certain abnormal epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene(s)
  • or
  • for a certain type of EGFR gene that has been treated with an EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) medicine that did not work or is no longer working

Your doctor will perform a test to make sure that TAGRISSO is right for you.

It is not known if TAGRISSO is safe and effective in children.

Please see full Prescribing Information including Patient Information.

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