Jay Burton's own battle with leukemia prompts him to add cancer survivor component to his doctor's practice

SPRINGFIELD - When Dr. Jay Burton visited a blood mobile at a town fair in Longmeadow in 2010, it was a good deed he had put off for a long time and one his wife chided him into, he admits now. 

After all the procrastinating, his sample was rejected for signs of anemia – or a low red cell count in the blood. Burton gave it little thought. The longtime general practitioner had diagnosed scores of his own patients with the same condition without dire results. 

But, dire results were precisely what awaited him. 

“The following week, I found out anemia was the least of my problems,” recalled Burton, a member of Enfield Medical Associates, an arm of Springfield Medical Associates on Main Street. 

Burton was blind-sided with a diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia. While not exactly rare, Burton had suffered no signs of illness, and the diagnosis came amid his daughter’s graduation from Johns Hopkins University and in the face of a scheduled family vacation to San Diego that summer. 

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