A trip to the emergency room for a gallbladder attack ended with a surprising outcome for Hannibal resident John David Hymers.

A trip to the emergency room for a gallbladder attack ended with a surprising outcome for Hannibal resident John David Hymers.  In February 2017, Hymers was returning home from an anniversary trip with his wife, Janna, when a gallbladder attack sent him to the emergency room.

Hymers’ gallbladder attack also came with chest pains but the emergency room team quickly ruled out heart problems.  Once it was determined he didn’t have heart problems, Hymers was then scheduled for further testing to discover the cause of his problem.

He met with gastroenterologist Dr. Ashraf Almashhrawi who performed an endoscopy. Through that endoscopy, Almashhrawi made the discovery that Hymers had esophageal cancer and referred him to Hannibal Regional’s Infusion Center for treatment.

Esophageal cancer often remains undetected until a late stage because it produces little to no symptoms. Hymers said he will always be grateful for the care he received to help guide him to better. According to Hymers, the Hannibal Regional Infusion Center team made him and Janna feel comfortable and well-taken care of.  When talking about the Infusion Center team, the Hymerses said, “You all have been nothing but warm, caring, compassionate, attentive to our needs, helpful and loving. We would recommend your services to others without any hesitation.”

The Hannibal Regional Infusion Center team is led by Dr. Kristen Strasser and is located in the Hannibal Regional Medical Building.  The Infusion Center offers patients an easy, attractive alternative to a hospital setting for receiving their cancer care and infusion therapy, simplifying and expediting the process while providing the highest-quality care and treatment.

Hymers underwent several weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments and is now on the road to recovery.

“The Infusion Center team made our difficult time so much easier — we can’t thank them enough for all their support during our cancer journey,” said the couple.

For more information about the Hannibal Regional Infusion Center call 573-629-3478.