Holly Jo Delinski, APN
Staff Education:Holly Jo graduated with a BSN in Nursing from Bradley University in 2002. She is chemo certified and received her Oncology Nursing Certification in 2003. Holly Jo graduated with a MSN FNP from Bradley University in 2019.
When did you join Illinois CancerCare?August 2003
Hobbies / Interests:I enjoy watching my three children play travel sports, and running and cycling when we aren’t at the ballfield!
What medical change has impacted the field of cancer the most since you began practicing medicine?Immunotherapy has made a world of difference in the world of oncology. To be able to give people treatment for their cancer that allows them the ability to maintain their quality of life without debilitating side effects has made a huge impact on the way we manage their disease.
Why did you choose your field?I have always enjoyed taking care of oncology patients and their families. I enjoy the relationships that are built with them. Oncology is not for the faint of heart - there are definitely hard days. Unfortunately, I too have had several family members go through this process. It’s important as a provider to see cancer from the other side, and feel the emotions and the stresses that patients and their families feel on a daily basis. I do know that there is no place in the world I would rather be.
Do you have any advice to give patients after they have been diagnosed with cancer?A cancer diagnosis is not what it once was. I have come across so many people who came to this building on their very first visit and said “I can’t do this”. I have witnessed these same people dancing and singing in the treatment room in celebration on the day of their last treatment. You never know what you are capable of until you are faced with it.
Remember, not all storms are meant to destroy your path, some come to clear your way.