By Cori Urban | Special to The Republican
on September 25, 2013 at 6:18 AM, updated September 25, 2013 at 8:51 AM
SPRINGFIELD –When they get a cancer diagnosis, most patients are afraid of what they don’t know. “I was afraid of what I did know (as a physician),” said Dr. Jay Burton. “I knew what could happen to me….It’s scary.”
Burton--who practices in general and internal medicine with Enfield Medical Associates in Enfield, Conn.—was diagnosed in May 2010 with acute myeloid leukemia. He had a stem cell transplant that October and has been in remission since July 2010.
That’s the short story. The longer story includes chemotherapy, hospitalization, complications and anxieties.
Burton, 54, a Longmeadow resident, will speak of his experiences during a talk about surviving cancer at the Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St., Springfield, on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.