Published on July 01, 2019

Holzer Patient Shares His Cancer Journey

“I am fortunate to have received such wonderful care at Holzer Center for Cancer Care,” shared Mike Conkle, recent Holzer patient.

In February 2019, Conkle was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His provider, Dr. Nicolette Jones, Holzer Urology, referred him to a specialist. He met with Dr. Divya Arora, Radiation Oncologist, Holzer Center for Cancer Care, to discuss treatment options. There he learned about Holzer’s TrueBeam system, the latest in non-invasive radiation treatment from Varian Medical Systems.

“Dr. Arora and her staff were very professional,” he shared. “I have no complaints. They took time for any questions, always asked how I was doing, and made me feel comfortable. I was treated like family and greeted every time with a smile. They were wonderful to me and my family. It means the world to me to feel this level of confidence in my healthcare providers.”

TrueBeam is a powerful cancer treatment that eliminates cancer cells with increased precision and accuracy while sparing healthy tissue. TrueBeam introduces new possibilities for the treatment of cancers in the lung, breast, prostate, brain, head and neck, and more. With enhanced delivery of radiation, TrueBeam can personalize each patient’s cancer treatment.

Best of all, this machine offers state-of-the-art Stereotactic Body Radiation (SBRT) and Radiosurgery (SRS) treatments, delivering pinpoint radiation. These treatments are similar to surgery but without cutting or hospital recovery time. Patients can now receive the best and fastest cancer treatment close to home.

Conkle finished up with his treatments in June. “When you receive the news that you have cancer, you feel like your world is crumbling. To have this level of care here is amazing. We are so fortunate to have Holzer Center for Cancer Care and its wonderful team of care providers. It was awesome to receive care this close to home.”

Conkle is an active Cheshire Township Trustee, where he has served for the past 42 years, and retired from Gavin Power Plant and MPW Industrial. He and his wife, Deborah, reside in Cheshire and have three grown children: Michelle (Rob) Gilmore, Heather (Joey) Edwards, and Michael (Melissa) Conkle, and eight grandchildren. He enjoys racing, participating in outdoor activities (hunting/fishing/etc), and spending time with his family, especially watching his grandchildren in various sports activities.

Holzer Center for Cancer Care (HCCC) is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art treatment for all cancer sites with gentle, competent, and individualized care. Medical oncology services include an infusion area for chemotherapy with 12 bays and 2 private bays for treatment. Radiation Oncology services are provided with advance technology in a relaxed and friendly setting.

For more information call 1-855-4-HOLZER or visit


Photo is of Mike Conkle, recent Holzer patient

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