Cancer Vixen

Cancer Vixen

by Marisa Acocella Marchetto


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ISBN-13: 9780375714740
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 615,783
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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.

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Cancer Vixen: A True Story (DO NOT ORDER - Canadian Edition) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
clamato on LibraryThing 26 days ago
I LOVED this book! It got me choked up, it made me smile and most of all it made me laugh. It was gutsy and honest and straight from the heart. There are so many personal accounts of cancer out there but this one is unique and was enjoyable to read. I even learned a thing or two. It has seriously changed my attitude towards graphic books as well.
jcloke on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Surprisingly, "Cancer Vixen" was brightly coloured with exaggerated comic style pictures. I assumed a true story about a battle with cancer would look like a sombre black and white story. This graphic novel was a sassy interpretation of one woman's battle with cancer. The illustrator's use of symbolism is amazing and the book is a lot of fun to read.
melydia on LibraryThing 30 days ago
This is the true story, told as a graphic novel, of a NYC cartoonist and her battle with breast cancer. She is diagnosed mere weeks before her wedding to resturantuer Silvano Marchetto, and between that, her job, and the constant nuisance of models hitting on her fiance, things start to get a little harried. The comic format lends levity when needed, but never detracts from the serious parts. Since Marchetto describes every excrutiating step of her diagnosis and treatment in great detail, I learned a lot about the process. My mom had breast cancer a few years ago (she survived and is doing fine now, thank goodness), but since I was living 700 miles away at the time I didn't really experience it first-hand. I don't usually like reading survivor stories, but this one was pleasantly non-glurgy, even if I couldn't always relate to her fashionista tendencies. This is something I would urge all women to read, especially those dealing with a recent diagnosis. It's funny and touching and ultimately uplifting.
BookinKim on LibraryThing 30 days ago
"What happens when a shoe-crazy, lipstick-addressed, wine-swelling, pasta-slurping, fashion-fanatic, single-forever, about-to-get-married big-city cartoonist with a fabulous life finds...a lump?" In this memoir, Marisa shares her life story and her battle with cancer with humorous illustrations and amusing captions. Find out all about the cartoonist who has drawn for the New Yorker and Glamour.
monzrocks on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Light-hearted graphic memoir of 40-something cartoonist's cancer diagnosis and treatment. A Sex & the City-style New Yorker, Marchetto is on the brink of marriage for the first time when she finds out she has cancer. She chronicles her experience in great detail, from the kinds of shoes she wears to chemo appointments, to the number of injections she receives, to the reactions of family and friends, and details her spiritual growth along the way.
EssFair on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is the second graphic novel I have read. The cancer sections were good--the author captured the shock of diagnois, the problems of treatment, the fear cancer patients deal with. I hated the rest of the content--too much New York chic-chic stuff--libstick colors, shoes styles, food. The graphics were good. One thing I did agree with--the examination gown ratings--that gave me a really good laugh.
Duranfan on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I loved her first book, "Who the Hell is She, Anyway." Her drawing style has gotten more relaxed but her self-absorbed humor hasn't. A good, light-hearted look at living with cancer and chemo.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Marisa is a cartoonist who developed Breast Cancer and wrote about it as it was happening. It has all the panic and stress and repeition that goes with cancer and treatment. It reminded me of my own treatment without making me too depressed about it and reminded me of shiny moments that I sould continue to grasp.
tepidautumn More than 1 year ago
Cancer Vixen is a valiant, candid, quirky, and uplifting graphic novel memoir about Marisa’s struggle with and triumph over breast cancer. Right when everything seemed to be in sync with her life—it was going well for her at work and she was about to get married to the man of her dreams—her doctor dropped a nasty bomb on her. How did she get it? Why did she get it? When did she contract it in the first place (maybe when she was reporting on the premises of the 9/11 tragedy)? What could have been the trigger (maybe all the toxic emotions she felt towards the women who tried to ceaselessly and ruthlessly flirt with her fiancé, who always remained loyal and loving to her, thank goodness)? Whatever the reasons, it was now up to her to take charge of her life more consciously, to realign her priorities and values, and to heal from within and without with the help of her family and friends and despite them. This vividly, poignantly, hilariously crafted memoir genuinely struck a chord with me. Perhaps because I can relate to many aspects that were consuming the protagonist—the fear of losing one’s love after practically meeting them and getting sick right after; the paranoia from all the scary things written online and told by others who had suffered or are struggling with an ailment; the exasperation of being given well-intentioned but sometimes unfit advice from friends about how one should live their life; the struggle of accepting what is and making the best of it. Perhaps because Marisa was masterful and authentic at telling her story as it was 100% without any concealments or detractions. With that said, the story is indeed very painful to read at times: Marisa blatantly shows going from one doctor to another for second—or third—opinions or for mammograms, blood tests, biopsies, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation; the light and annoying to downright debilitating and terrifying side effects that come with the treatment (ironically, what treats cancer can also cause cancer consequentially); the wide-ranging spectrum of the roots of cancer without ever truly knowing the cause of it, so one may be compelled to accept the fact that it’s just something that happens to them regardless of anything else. Fortunately, Marisa is a very optimistic and funny cartoonist—she makes light of the situation with witty and unique humor without ever taking away from the significance of her inspirational testimony.
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What's not to like about this book - so unique! The story is compelling - written with humor and reality. I hope she'll continue writing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most of us guys have long suspected that the cute pink ribbons for breast cancer just were not an adequate symbol for the brave women we've known who've had or have breast cancer and the struggle and choices they must make in order to fight it. This book may or may not help women with breast cancer. I don't know, but I'm certain that it will help the man in her life better understand what she is going through and enable him to help her in a way he couldn't without the insights he'll gain from reading this book and sharing Marisa's experiences.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cancer Vixen echoes the spirit a courageous warrior, a revolutionary real life ¿super heroine¿ that is to admired and learned from by all. With unique flair, Marchetto walks you through her challenges in such descriptive detail. Every thought, hope, fear and ounce of her fabulous strength, wit and charm, is conveyed in her expressive captions and delightful illustrations. Together in this fun medium, with each bright colorful page, the reader really feels like they are walking in Marchetto¿s 4-inch stilettos with the same pizzazz! ¿Not easy to accomplish, but Marchetto triumphs with astonishing poise and humor, and gives us the unquestionable confidence, that we can too! matter what challenge in life faces us. Naturally most people react negatively to situations that first appear to be ¿negative¿. But a warrior like Marisa Acocella Marchetto doesn't 'react', she ACTS, and uses REAL LIFE ¿super natural¿ powers to transform negatives into positives. We can all learn from the Marchetto by looking at life through her Chanel sunglasses. A paradigm shift...Truly an inspiration.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a pharmacist licenced in New York, New Jersey. For the first time I found a reference and enlightenment in the Book called Cancer Vixen that I can recommend to my suffering customers. It is filled with information that every woman should have about breast cancer, but it is done in intellectual as well as high spirited, loving and humorous approach. Marisa Acocella Marchetto¿s choice of words are literally so carefully accurate. She describes medical terms that a young lady can understand and learn how to deal with. I highly recommend this book to every young girl who has been diagnosed. Marisa will guide you step by step from the world of fear and anxiety and will alleviate their pain. I wish I could give her book to everyone who comes into my pharmacy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every woman in this world goes through the fear of having breast cancer, either with mammograms, feeling lumps, bumps etc and being hysterical. And God forbid you actually are diagnosed after an aspiration then your world falls apart. Marisa Acocella Marchetto described her feelings in such an upbeat way with her cartoons depicting cancer. We laugh at her talented creative approach to facing fear. The anxiety hits us all when we are diagnosed, unbelievably we laugh at the approach she has fighting such a terrible life threatening. And more importantly we thank her for putting it in perspective. Life is worth the fight and she showed us her way with her cartoon description with love and determination still retaining her love for her shoes, lipstick and new husband. Brava Marisa.... You are a teacher to the young terrified patients of breast cancer. This book should be given out to all cancer patients by their doctors as a reference.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Crash course in cancer care. Everyone can learn about the trials and tribulations of how cancer effects your life and how the cure effects your life even more. In a funny, witty and profound way this book by Marisa Acocella Marchetto lets the reader live the experience of going thru the cure for breast cancer. While a shot to improve your white blood cells costs $3,500 the mere cost of this book will improve your entire outlook on life and how precious it is to us all. I have given this book to several of my patients who loved it. This book should be part of all cancer protocols to help patients get thru the cure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is virtually impossible to make light of a cancer situation in one's life. Cancer Vixen displays many great and funny situations during the life of a Vogue New York woman struggling with her bout against cancer. And this is done in a stylish comic form, which adds a spectacular read, and making tragedy an interesting and colorful exciting book about a struggle with breast cancer. Anyone who gives hope during their roughest point in life and shows the rest of the world how it was handled, makes this the 'ROCKY' story of this year. Stay tuned... the movie is coming!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Marisa Acocella Marchetto will floor you, not just with her artwork, but with her humor, her triumph, and a remarkable love story. This book is not just a must-read for women battling cancer - it's a must-read for anyone who has ever lost, feared, loved, hoped, and shopped...which means it's for every woman, period! Marchetto's tale of how great love saved her life, in more ways than one, will inspire you, make you laugh, and make you want to but a new pair of shoes. Bravo!