John Marshall, MD, and his wife, Liza, recount the challenging journey of Liza's triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) diagnosis and how John's career as a gastrointestinal oncologist played into the caregiving process. The interview comes ahead of the release of their book, Off Our Chests, which goes further in depth with their experience.
In November 2006, the lives of the Marshall family changed dramatically when their matriarch, Liza, was diagnosed with stage III triple-negative breast cancer. Her husband, John Marshall, MD, who is chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, professor of medicine and oncology, and director at the Otto J. Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancer at Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, was, without a doubt, also impacted by the unexpected diagnosis—and had to learn how to juggle between playing a caregiver and being a doctor.
The family, especially Liza, went through a long and stressful journey with her cancer. In the book Off our Chests: A Candid Tour Through the World of Cancer, both John and Liza Marshall alternate sharing their perspectives on this challenging time.
OncLive and CURE sat down with the Marshalls to go beyond the pages of their memoir and discuss how this triple-negative breast cancer diagnosis changed the lives of a patient and her gastrointestinal oncologist husband.
Off Our Chests: A Candid Tour Through the World of Cancer will be released in hardcover format on May 4, 2021. Click here to pre-order.