Elizabeth Campbell had been free of breast cancer for nearly 12 years and diligently scheduled her annual follow-up appointments. After breaking her leg in fall 2015, she was shocked to learn that cancer had returned.
Campbell, 56, of Montgomery Village, Md., turned to Adventist HealthCare’s integrated health system for cancer care. During her treatment at the Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center in Rockville, she began experiencing severe back pain. Her oncologist, Paul Thambi, MD, recommended an MRI, which showed a spinal compression fracture and tumor. Campbell was then referred to Amin Amini, MD, a neurosurgeon and medical director of Adventist HealthCare’s Neurosciences Program. In December, Dr. Amini performed surgery to correct the fracture and remove the tumor.
Campbell recalls when she woke up from surgery. “The back pain that I had been experiencing was completely gone,” she says. “Dr. Amini came in after the surgery to inform me that the fracture was stabilized and the entire tumor was successfully removed. I think he is a rock star!”
Personalized Neurosurgical Services
Dr. Amini and Adventist HealthCare’s highly skilled, multidisciplinary neurosciences team strive to provide the most effective, least invasive treatments to achieve the best possible results for patients. Patients can receive advanced neurological and neurosurgical care close to home, with surgery provided at both Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville and Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park. Individualized treatment plans are developed with input from the patient and other caregivers to meet each patient’s unique needs and goals.
Compliments for her Care
After spending one day in the hospital after surgery, Campbell was transferred next door to Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation to begin rehabilitation. She spent two weeks at the Rockville facility, which holds the highest quality designations for rehabilitation and also has a neurorehabilitation and balance center.
“At each Adventist HealthCare facility, from the front desk staff to the physicians, I have received nothing but wonderful care,” Campbell recalls. “They’re truly the best.”
In between doctor appointments and volunteer work, Campbell is writing a book. She notes the importance of her faith and the support of her family and friends to get her through difficult times.
“With all that I have been through during the last year,” she says, “I wouldn’t have made it without God and the great care I received.”