Pine Belt doctor explains importance of breast cancer prevention, treatment

Pine Belt doctor explains importance of breast cancer prevention, treatment

RICHTON, MS (WDAM) - Dr. Hrom is a Medical Hematologist Oncologist at the Hattiesburg Clinic. He's worked with breast cancer patients for 8 years, and understands the emotional roller-coaster that breast cancer can cause.

“You know sometimes it can be hard for patient's families to deal with the diagnosis when patients have metastatic cancer, it can be particularly difficult,” Bo Hrom, M.D. said. “We do run into patients that have young children who are diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. That's a really difficult situation for the patient and the family.  We try to figure out the best way to make that transition in their life and to take care of the patient and the whole family.”

Part of that transition begins with proper treatment.

“We now have targeted therapies, we use drugs that target the estrogen receptors in breast cancer the progesterone receptors and that's really advanced our breast cancer care,” Hrom said. “It's really improved our overall survival of breast cancer and it's made the treatment more tolerable as well. We use less chemo therapy and more targeted agents now.”

Over his eight years, Dr. Rom has provided comfort and guidance for patients.

“There are a lot of misconceptions, a lot of people think that breast cancer is caused by hair dyes and electric blankets, those types of things and that's really not the case at all,” Hrom said.  “I think a lot of people have misconceptions about the treatment for breast cancer; a lot of people have misconceptions about the survival or breast cancer and in 2015 over 90% of Breast cancer patients are cured of the disease. I think most people don't realize the prognosis is actually quite good for more breast cancers.”

One of the most important things to remember is early detection. Regular mammogram exams and self exams help to detect the cancer early, and better long-run health.

“You really have to talk to the patients and I think education's really key,” Hrom said. “If the patient is well educated and understands their prognosis, understand the diagnosis, understand the treatment, it makes it much easier for them.“