"This is a wonderful and engaging book - part memoir, and in equal part an 'autopsy' of the cancer establishment in this country. Written with immense care and kindness, it reminds us of how much we've achieved, and how much remains to be done."

"Reminds us of how much we've achieved, and how much remains to be done"

Siddhartha Mukherjee

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author

Siddhartha Mukherjee

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author,

The Emperor of All Maladies

"This book is a must-read for anyone going through cancer of whatever kind. As with so many, I was blindsided by my cancer diagnosis. I felt lost on an unfamiliar field, facing an intimidating foe. Off Our Chests is a captivating and informative playbook for anyone thrown into the cancer game, but it is also a candid story about one couple's experiences with cancer which strongly resonated with me and my own recent cancer journey."

"A captivating and informative playbook for anyone thrown into the cancer game"

Ron Rivera

Washington Football Team

Ron Rivera

Head Coach, Washington Football Team

"Off Our Chests is the powerful and deeply personal story of one couple's battle against breast cancer - a couple that happens to include a leading oncologist - told with honesty, candor and humor. Their alternating narratives will engage just about any reader, but for those who face their own difficult diagnoses, this is a sort of What to Expect When You're Expecting, an invaluable guide for cancer patients and their families who may be struggling with what comes next."

"An invaluable guide for cancer patients and their families"

Susan Page

USA TODAY

Susan Page

Washington Bureau chief, USA TODAY

Author of Madam Speaker and The Matriarch

"In Off Our Chests, we are invited into the lives of Liza and John as Liza shares the cognitive dissonance of a young wife, mother and community activist with a serious triple negative breast cancer, and husband John, chronicles his dual roles of caregiver and world-renowned oncologist. The startling honesty, humor and intimacy of their writings are magnetically binge-worthy, as they open the kimono of Liza's threatened survival remodeling their marriage and careers, no holds barred."

"Magnetically binge-worthy"

Joyce O'Shaughnessy, MD

Baylor-Sammons Cancer Center

Joyce O'Shaughnessy, MD

Chair of Breast Cancer Research,

Baylor-Sammons Cancer Center,

Texas Oncology, US Oncology Network

"Courageous, Hopeful, Heartbreaking, and a great read. I've known Dr. John Marshall, and Liza Marshall for more than a decade and Off Our Chests brings into light so many things that we all could learn from. As a parent, a patient, a doctor, a friend, or a caregiver this is an incredible story from two of the best humans in this world."

"Courageous, Hopeful, Heartbreaking, and a great read"

Michael Sapienza

Colorectal Cancer Alliance

Michael Sapienza

CEO, Colorectal Cancer Alliance

"This book is both a practical roadmap for cancer patients and caregivers and an inspirational story of a loving partnership between one of those patients and her caregiver, who just happens to be an oncologist. As such, it's a must-read for patients, but also medical professionals, advocates and everyone who has been touched by cancer."

"A must-read for...everyone who has been touched by cancer"

Carolyn Aldigé

Prevent Cancer Foundation

Carolyn Aldigé

Founder and CEO, Prevent Cancer Foundation

"Off Our Chests is a remarkable book that anyone who has lived in the grim world of cancer will recognize. But it is also the story of a couple's love and sacrifice as they bravely face an uncertain future together. This is an important book for the doctors and researchers in the pharmaceutical industry that illuminates the personal impact (both positive and negative) of cancer treatment."

"A remarkable book"

Hon. Peter B. Teeley

U.S. Ambassador and Author

Hon. Peter B. Teeley

Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada

Press Secretary to VP George H.W. Bush

Author of The Complete Cancer Survival Guide

U.S. Representative to the United Nations Children's Fund

Senior Vice President, Amgen

"A must-read, inspirational memoir that will resonate with all those touched by cancer. Liza and John share personal reflections and insights into the cancer journey, and provide deeply meaningful perspectives from the patient, caregiver and oncologist point of view."

"A must-read, inspirational memoir"

Martha Raymond

GI Cancers Alliance

Martha Raymond

Executive Director, GI Cancers Alliance

Founder, Raymond Foundation

"Off Our Chests offers an unusually intimate and revealing glimpse into the reality of dealing with a cancer diagnosis. At once deeply personal and bracingly universal, this book can offer cancer patients and healthcare workers alike the chance to meet one of life's most devastating situations with a rare sense of mastery and, yes, even hope."

"An unusually intimate and revealing glimpse into the reality of dealing with a cancer diagnosis"

Katie Couric

Television journalist and author

Katie Couric

Today

CBS Evening News

60 Minutes

ABC News

"Liza and John Marshall have captured in vivid detail all that I felt and experienced after my stage 3 Triple Negative breast cancer diagnosis in 2009. Like Liza, I was treated by the same team at Georgetown's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. From the symbolism of the tattered pink ribbon on the cover to the post traumatic stress that every caregiver and cancer patient eventually comes to know, their breezy style and wit captures the roller coaster that every cancer diagnosis brings. This book is an essential read."

"Their breezy style and wit captures the roller coaster that every cancer diagnosis brings"

Jennifer Griffin

Fox News

Jennifer Griffin

National Security Correspondent, Fox News

"Off Our Chests is the kind of book I wish I had when I faced cancer. Written by the husband-and-wife Marshalls (he's an oncologist; she, the cancer patient), this book is perfectly balanced left-and right-brain, which is to say a highly useful guide to entering the territory of cancer land and an empathetic best friend to support you along the way. It's also a genuine love story-but not some sappy 'Love Story.' Recommended highly."

"The kind of book I wish I had when I faced cancer"

Steven Petrow

The Washington Post

Steven Petrow

Contributing columnist, The Washington Post

"Off Our Chests is 'Edutainment' at its best. This book provides a unique, valuable perspective that will be of great interest to oncology health care professionals and their patients."

"'Edutainment' at its best"

Neil Love

Research to Practice

Neil Love

President, Research to Practice

"Dr. Marshall and Liza's account of their journey, from both the patient perspective, and just as importantly, the caregiver's perspective, is an honest, emotional, enlightening, and at times, page-turning glimpse of the ups and downs and the never-ending decision-making that follows a cancer diagnosis. Anyone who has cared for a loved one with a cancer diagnosis will find their story brutally honest and hopeful at the same time. It's heart-wrenching to hear from an oncologist-turned caregiver as he navigates his wife's journey with breast cancer and begins to appreciate what his own patients and their caregivers go through, and the enormous ripple effect that it has on so many people."

"An honest, emotional, enlightening...glimpse of the ups and downs...that follows a cancer diagnosis"

Julie Fleshman

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Julie Fleshman

President and CEO,

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN)

"Every student, Resident, or Fellow who will care for patients with Cancer should read this book! As a high grade, metastatic cancer survivor (to date) I stepped between the pages of John and Liza Marshall's Off our Chests, and could not put it down. The open candor of dual perspectives from patient and long time spouse is captivating. Add the dedicated spouse's role as a senior oncology academic leader, and the tension is set. Each of us, as patients with cancer, enter roles as husbands, wives, and members of families suddenly facing our own mortality. The lessons from this wonderfully written gift to each of us are invaluable."

"Every student, Resident, or Fellow who will care for patients with Cancer should read this book!"

Stephen Ray Mitchell, MD

Georgetown University School of Medicine

Stephen Ray Mitchell, MD

Professor Emeritus and former Dean of Medical Education,

Georgetown University School of Medicine

"The incredible journey of what happens when the accomplished spouse of an eminent oncologist develops an oft-fatal cancer. I laughed, I cried, I identified. Together they teach us the way forward."

"I laughed, I cried, I identified"

Daniel D. Von Hoff, MD

Translational Genomics Research Institute

Daniel D. Von Hoff, MD

Medical Oncologist,

Translational Genomics Research Institute

City of Hope

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