Integrative Cancer Review

About Integrative Cancer Review


The mission of the Integrative Cancer Review is to promote safe, effective and accessible mind-body and integrative therapies and resources for people affected by cancer.

We serve people diagnosed with cancer, caregivers, health and wellness professionals and others who can benefit from the cutting edge research on evidence-based integrative cancer care therapies and ancient wisdom traditions.

Our contributors include leading health and wellness professionals serving the cancer community, in areas including yoga, meditation, Reiki, oncology massage and skin care, exercise, nutrition, reflexology, sound healing and stress management. These practitioners provide useful information on these practices and how they should be modified or focused for cancer care. We also give voice to those affected by a cancer diagnosis, making their stories, experiences and opinions heard and influencing the future of integrative cancer care.

About Marianne Woods Cirone

The Integrative Cancer Review was founded in 2015 by Marianne Woods Cirone, MS, MFA, CYT-500, E-RYT, a writer, yoga and wellness educator, healthcare consultant and passionate advocate for people affected by cancer. As the Wellness Coordinator at the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, a division of Northwestern Medicine, from 2007-2015, Cirone managed thousands of wellness visits annually.

There, she saw firsthand the benefits of these therapies for people affected by cancer, and also saw the need to share the vast amount of research on integrative cancer care in order to inform and educate those who could benefit most.

Cirone recognized the talent, generosity and knowledge that leading professionals in complementary and integrative modalities were bringing to the cancer care community and sought to create a forum where these leaders could share their wisdom with more people affected by cancer could benefit.

Cirone has been teaching yoga for eighteen years, exclusively for people affected by cancer for the past eleven and leads cancer-focused yoga trainings for 200- and 500-hour programs. She received yoga certifications from the Temple of Kriya Yoga, Moksha Yoga, Atma Yoga and yoga4cancer (y4c), and is a certified Cancer Exercise Specialist. Cirone has published articles in YogaChicago and Yoga Therapy Today, and served as Principal Investigator on a study on yoga, Reiki and massage for cancer patients published in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing in 2016.

As a graduate of the Rush University Health Systems Management master’s degree program, Cirone worked in hospital finance and healthcare consulting before specializing in cancer-focused wellness. She received a MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in Los Angeles and also leads creative and memoir writing workshops for people affected by cancer.

Cirone founded the Empowerment Yoga for Breast Cancer Care program at the Prana Yoga Center in Geneva, Illinois and also serves as a Board Member for the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope, dedicated to bringing music, art and hope to young cancer patients.

She is an avid “reader” of audiobooks, practitioner of yoga and lover of animals–especially her yellow lab named Jaco and two gray tabbies. Her favorite studies show the health benefits of yoga, writing, exercise and coffee.

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