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Jim Kelly
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Kelly to Undergo Chemotherapy, Not Surgery



BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) -- Doctors treating Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly said Wednesday he will not immediately undergo surgery for a recurrence of cancer.

Instead, the longtime Buffalo Bills star will likely first be treated with chemotherapy and radiation, according to a statement from Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Jill Kelly Facebook Update

"Had to share this picture of Jim hugging his dad.
Plans and protocol have changed - but no plan and purpose of God's can be thwarted!

This we KNOW to be true.

First of all, thank you for walking along side us, lifting us up in prayer, loving us, and hoping.
This is what we cling to...our HOPE in the God who is greater than all - who knows what we don't, who created the heavens and the earth as well as the
intimate details of the seen and unseen.

He is our Hope!
Beyond the doctors, medicine, treatments, surgery - God is our ever present HOPE, Help, and Healer!

There's been a lot that has been said so we thought it would be best to clarify.
At this point and time surgery is not the best option for Jim.
Because of complexity and aggressive nature of this cancer and after more scans and tests, the plan has changed.

At this point, Jim will not be having surgery. The cancer is in areas that surgery cannot successfully eradicate. Therefore, the medical specialists here in NYC along with our Buffalo team believe that chemotherapy and radiation are the best option.

If you've dealt with cancer you know that you never really know for sure what each moment will hold.
But..Praise God. We are held in the Strong Mighty hands of an Unchanging God.

Thank you for your continued prayer support.
I will share updates as we move forward - ready for this battle waged against us.
If God is for us.who can be against us!
"

 

"Jim Kelly's condition remains very treatable and potentially curable," Dr. Peter Costantino said in the statement. "Our immediate focus is on controlling his pain and beginning the process of eradicating the cancer."

Kelly underwent surgery in Buffalo last June to remove a squamous cell carcinoma from his upper jaw. He had been expected to undergo additional surgery this week or next week after the cancer was found to have returned, his brother, Dan Kelly, said Tuesday.

Costantino said surgery remains a potential part of the treatment strategy for the cancer that he said is present in Kelly's maxillary sinus and adjacent tissues.

"His cancer returned in a location that requires specialized expertise in the treatment of skull-based tumors," the hospital statement said.

Kelly's wife, Jill, in an online posting said the plan had changed because of "the complexity and aggressive nature of this cancer and after more scans and tests."

"The cancer is in areas that surgery cannot successfully eradicate," Jill Kelly wrote.

Kelly spent 11 seasons with the Bills and led them to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances in the early 1990s, only to lose them all. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

Well wishes have poured in by the thousands on Twitter under the hashtag "prayersforjk," including from numerous NFL franchises and players.


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