Dr. Jay Burton seeks to improve lives of fellow cancer survivors

Source: MassLive
Published: May 31, 2016

ENFIELD - June 5th is National Cancer Survivors Day, a fact Springfield Medical Associates Dr. Jay Burton knows well. Burton, a primary care physician based in his practice's Enfield office, is a six-year survivor of adult acute myeloid leukemia, a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes abnormal white or red blood cells or platelets.

Treatment involved a stem cell transplant, and nearly a year in isolation. Burton returned to work in 2012, and since then has established what is considered a pioneering concept -- incorporating a survivorship care program into a primary care setting. The concept is geared to ensure that primary care providers, while not substitutes for cancer specialists, have in-depth information of a survivor's cancer treatment and history as well as risk for future cancer.

Recently, Burton has also established a non-profit organization to offer survivors support in the form of groups, and access to information. He was asked to explain further what he hopes such care and additional area support does for survivors. It is estimated that there are more than 14 million survivors of cancer today in the United States.

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