Debate: Chemo Before Mastectomy -or- Mastectomy First?
My mom isn't fully through the diagnostic process yet but we know she has an egg-sized malignant tumor. She's 65 and there's no prior family history of breast cancer, although lots of other cancers are in the history.
We know she'll need a mastectomy but the surgeon we spoke to today said he'd operate after oncology treatment...most likely 3-6 months of chemo. To me, it seemed like putting the cart before the horse. Honestly, my first thought was that chemo first improves the surgeon's success stats, though I might be imagining nefarious motives where none exist.
So please share your thoughts/opinions/experiences with this. Argue it out if you feel strongly one way or another. Educate me however you see fit.