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Hannibal Regional Infusion Center Team Guides Hannibal Resident to Better Bookmark

 A trip to the emergency room for a gallbladder attack ended with a surprising outcome for Hannibal resident John David Hymers, known to many as David.  In February of 2017 David was returning home from an anniversary trip with his wife, Janna, when a gallbladder attack sent him to the emergency room.  David’s gallbladder attack also came with chest pains but the emergency room team quickly ruled out heart problems.  Once it was determined David didn’t have heart problems, he was then scheduled for further testing to discover the cause of his problem.  


David met with gastroenterologist Dr. Almashhrawi who performed an endoscopy.  Through that endoscopy Dr. Almashhrawi made the discovery that David 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 and David will always be grateful for the care he received to help guide him to better.  The Hannibal Regional Infusion Center team made David and Janna feel comfortable and well-taken care of.  When talking about the Infusion Center team David and Janna say, “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.


David 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!” share David and Janna.


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


Photo cutline:  Janna Hymers and David Hymers stand with Ellen Taylor, MSN, RN, OCN in the Hannibal Regional Infusion Center on David’s last day of treatment.