After the lumpectomy I was told that the cancer was fast spreading and that chemotherapy should come first, followed by radiation. This made me eligible to participate in a clinical study. My case would be closely monitored by protocol nurses. They would administer my chemotherapy and be involved in a lot of my follow-up care. In addition to that, there was a medication on the market that I was eligible to take that artificially increased your white blood cell count, so then I could take chemotherapy in closer increments.