MARISA ACOCELLA MARCHETTO is a cartoonist for "The New Yorker" and "Glamour." Her work has also appeared in "The New York Times" and "Modern Bride," among other publications. She is the founder and chair of the Cancer Vixen Fund at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City, where she lives.
"There's emotion, fear and vulnerability in ["Cancer Vixen"]. Plus almost a step-by-step guide to cancer diagnosis, surgery and treatment. But above all, for any cancer patient male or female, there's hope and optimism." -Terry England, "Santa Fe New Mexican" "Marisa Acocella Marchetto had the last laugh on her cancer. The New York-based cartoonist turned the disease on its head, by transforming her own battle with breast cancer into a big fat comic book, "Cancer Vixen." The emphasis is on 'comic' . . . Marchetto's goal was not, of course, to make light of or diminish the severity of the disease or her own condition, but to bring her seemingly boundless spirit into the healing process. It worked. Not only is her cancer in remission, but "Cancer Vixen "has become a publishing hit . . . This is triply good because she's donating part of the proceeds from the book to breast care for underprivileged women." -Alan Bisbort, "Republican-American" "Your remarkable book illustrates how the power of humor can transform a serious life event into an opportunity for personal growth as well as preservation of health. And it is just plain funny too: Congratulations on a terrific work of art that is as wise as it is witty. I will be recommending it widely." -Dr. Larry Norton, Chair of Clinical Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center "One of the powerful revelations of "Cancer Vixen "is [that] cancer isn't just an individual diagnosis; it has a social dimension that can affect patients as much as the therapies they choose . . . Marchetto gives us a vibrant, neon chronicle of her fears, her search for understanding and her efforts to cope with a diagnosis that arrives as she's planning her wedding. Oh, and there's plenty of attitude . . . A triumph of imagination and spirit." -Nick Owchar, "Los Angeles Times " "'I didn't just want to write about "cancer," ' [Marchetto] says . . . What you realize, when you read the book, is that wha