Tecentriq, also known as atezolizumab, is a prescription medicine that is registered by Medsafe to treat patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and extensive-stage small-cell lung cancer (E-S SCLC).
Ask your doctor if Tecentriq is right for you.
How Tecentriq works
What is Tecentriq registered for
Non-small cell lung cancer
Tecentriq is also registered to be taken by itself, following prior chemotherapy.
Small cell lung cancer
Possible side effects of Tecentriq
Tecentriq is not the same as chemotherapy, however, as is the case with all medicines, treatment with Tecentriq can cause side effects.
Very common side effects associated with Tecentriq include diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, tiredness or weakness, fever, infection of the urinary tract, joint aches, back pain, cough, shortness of breath and rash and itching of the skin.
Talk to your doctor to see if Tecentriq is right for you, or if you have any questions or concerns.
How to access Tecentriq
Tecentriq is not currently publicly funded by PHARMAC. This means you will have to pay for this medicine. Paying for treatment requires careful thought, but there are financial options and programmes that may help you fund private treatment.
If you have health insurance, carefully check what’s covered — every health insurance provider has different rules and benefits that cover cancer treatment, surgery, tests and doctor appointments. Roche also offers support through a Cost Share Programme.
The Tecentriq Cost Share Programme
• Caps the total amount you will pay for your medicine.
• Spreads the costs over time, so not all of it has to be paid immediately.
• Provides you with ongoing treatment at no cost once you reach the cap (other costs such as doctor fees and administration payments will still apply).
Patients usually pay for each cycle as they go, meaning they only pay for treatment while they benefit from it.
Your doctor will be able to give you more information regarding the cost of your treatment and the criteria for enrolling in the Tecentriq Cost Share Programme.
Ready to take the next step?
Because every situation is different, it’s important to speak to your doctor to find out if Tecentriq is right for you.
If you’re considering treatment with Tecentriq
We’ve put together a discussion guide to help you begin a conversation with your doctor. Print it off, take it along to your next appointment, and take notes in the spaces provided.
Talking to your doctor about Tecentriq
For further information about private treatment providers click here.
You can also talk to your current doctor about referral to a private doctor or treatment centre.