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Doctors announce Jim Kelly’s cancer has returned


Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly has another fight on his hands.

According to the Buffalo News, Kelly’s doctors have confirmed his oral cancer has returned. The surgeon who performed his initial surgery, Dr. Thom Loree of Erie County Medical Center, announced the news in a statement.

“Jim Kelly came to ECMC this week for continued testing related to his oral surgery. Unfortunately, it has been determined that his cancer has returned,” Loree said. “Our team of head and neck cancer specialists is determining a course of treatment that will allow Mr. Kelly to battle this cancer successfully. Mr. Kelly has asked that you to keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Kelly was initially diagnosed last summer, and surgery was performed to take out the tumor and rebuild his jaw.

Our thoughts are with Kelly and his family as they continue the fight.

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97 Responses to “Doctors announce Jim Kelly’s cancer has returned”
  1. dasmol says: Mar 14, 2014 5:25 PM

    Fight on.

  2. jersey73 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:25 PM

    Here’s hoping he makes a full recovery.

  3. hjb99992013 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:25 PM

    All bill’s fans are praying for you Jim

    God bless

  4. catquick says: Mar 14, 2014 5:26 PM


  5. alshonbrandontandem says: Mar 14, 2014 5:27 PM

    You can beat it Kelly. Prayers to you for a speedy recovery.

  6. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 14, 2014 5:27 PM

    Go on the attack Jim, you’re one of the toughest guys ever to play the game. Make that cancer your bitch.

    Best wishes to you and yours.

  7. that's the best linebacker i've seen since Joe Montana says: Mar 14, 2014 5:27 PM

    Worst kind of news.

    This should be a reminder to us all that among all the league rivalries and trash talk, we are all teammates in the battle against cancer and other illness.

    Best of luck to the Kelly’s

  8. Billsweregreatonce says: Mar 14, 2014 5:28 PM

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the Kelly family.

  9. fatsack1 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:29 PM

    Man Jim is a soldier. That dude has been thru alot. He will get through this as well hopefully.

  10. slobberknocker says: Mar 14, 2014 5:30 PM

    God bless Jim Kelly.

  11. bvolke says: Mar 14, 2014 5:30 PM

    One of the toughest players to ever wear an NFL uniform. He will beat this. God Bless you Jim and your family.

  12. chargrz says: Mar 14, 2014 5:31 PM

    Get Well Soon. One the the Greats!

  13. biggs13 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:31 PM

    As a Dolphins fan this guy gave me fits during the 90s. With that being said, I hope he makes a speedy and full recovery.

  14. xinellum says: Mar 14, 2014 5:33 PM

    A great qb who was just wide right of a Super Bowl he deserved to win. May his God bless him and everyone pray to their God that he recovers, he deserves better. Great player and a great person.

  15. thefiesty1 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:34 PM

    Stay positive and be aggressive with you treatment. You can beat it.

  16. bearwithjetpack says: Mar 14, 2014 5:35 PM

    Horrible news. Keep fighting, Jim.

  17. talkingproud says: Mar 14, 2014 5:35 PM

    Thoughts and prayers to Jim and his family.

  18. jerrysgloryhole says: Mar 14, 2014 5:35 PM

    The fans of the NFL are pulling for ya Jim. Godspeed.

  19. jayovalentine says: Mar 14, 2014 5:35 PM

    Best wishes and prayers coming from #Redskins nation !! #GodblessJimKelly

  20. petecarrolmorelikecheatpayroll says: Mar 14, 2014 5:36 PM

    Jim Kelly, be the ’85 Bears and make cancer the 2012 Jaguars.

    We’re all pulling for you, bud!

  21. joetoronto says: Mar 14, 2014 5:36 PM

    All the best to you, Jim. No one’s tougher than you.

  22. wayupsouth says: Mar 14, 2014 5:36 PM

    Prayers for a full recovery. If anybody can bounce back it’s this guy. Dude is tougher than a Waffle House steak.

  23. andrewluck12 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:36 PM

    dang. thing of it as the giants Jim. only this time beat em. get well soon, football fans everywhere

  24. asimonetti88 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:37 PM

    Keep fighting, you got this!

  25. jimjim84 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:38 PM

    Ain’t no cancer gonna beat Jim Kelly! Beat down that cancer K-Gun style!!!

  26. deflateddome says: Mar 14, 2014 5:40 PM

    God Bless and Godspeed Jim…Get through this…You are too young…

  27. ebr362 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:41 PM

    ALL fans, not just Bill fans, are praying for you!

  28. raiderufan says: Mar 14, 2014 5:42 PM

    My first NFL game was bills v pats and watching that bills team was one of the big reasons Im such a football fan today…

    Best wishes Jim. Youre one of the toughest players Ive been fortunate enough to watch…FIGHT ON!

  29. anicra says: Mar 14, 2014 5:43 PM

    Oral cancer is tough to beat, if not caught very early. I wish you luck Mr Kelly.

  30. jagsandliquor says: Mar 14, 2014 5:43 PM

    I’m Not A Praying Person But Whoever Has Cancer Needs God On Their side…Good Luck Mister kelly

  31. metrocritical says: Mar 14, 2014 5:43 PM

    Here’s hoping you will be making yet another come from behind victory.

  32. intelligent cement says: Mar 14, 2014 5:44 PM

    Football is a game. This is a human being’s life. Who is giving all these thumbs down to positive vibes?

  33. hawkstradamus says: Mar 14, 2014 5:46 PM

    Best wishes and prayers to mr. Kelly and his family.

  34. tellemallrex says: Mar 14, 2014 5:47 PM

    Keep fighting. God Bless!

  35. studio26seattle says: Mar 14, 2014 5:48 PM

    You no huddle that cancer Jim!!

  36. tigerlilac says: Mar 14, 2014 5:50 PM

    That hits home, especially for those of us with family that have health issues. It is why we need to cherish every day.

  37. hopper15 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:54 PM

    Rise against cancer, good luck Jim.

  38. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Mar 14, 2014 5:54 PM

    Thoughts and Prayers, Jim. Those Bills teams were some of the greatest, and Kelly was probably the best on that team (and Bruce Smith). Kelly always seemed like a solid guy off the field as well. God Bless.

  39. bigfella87 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:55 PM

    Jim Kelly is the epitome of a class act. Best of luck Sir!

  40. 1bbfan says: Mar 14, 2014 5:56 PM

    Go Get it Jim !!!

  41. yate3097 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:57 PM

    We are ALL Bills fans when it comes to this battle. Prayers and best wishes to a true Pro.

  42. salscobrakai says: Mar 14, 2014 5:59 PM

    Man, Jim and his family have been through a lot over the years. (Lost their son) If anyone can beat this it’s Jim Kelly. Fight On and God Bless

  43. wwwmattcom says: Mar 14, 2014 6:00 PM

    This guy didn’t want to be in Buffalo. Now he is Western New York.

    He is so much more than a football player.

    If he were English he would be a knight. If he is Catholic he should be a Saint. For now he is a living legend and gives hope to Bills fan to this day.

    I want to meet him but I’m not worthy.

  44. vikefan says: Mar 14, 2014 6:03 PM

    thoughts and prayers with you and your family Jim Kelly, still love your HOF speech when you directed it towards your son and stated how he was your hero. Classy family, prayers….

  45. edrooneyjr says: Mar 14, 2014 6:03 PM

    Get well Jim. You are an inspiration to so many.

  46. clemenza58 says: Mar 14, 2014 6:06 PM

    God be with you Jim. We are all pulling for you!

  47. billsfan1 says: Mar 14, 2014 6:14 PM

    Buffalo loves Jim Kelly. Most of you buffalo haters may not get that, nor care. We suck in your eyes and we don’t care. No city on earth gets behind one of their own like Buffalo. Blue4ben , Jim Kelly, we hit your backs


  48. raider8er says: Mar 14, 2014 6:15 PM

    Thoughts and hopes to Jim and his family.

  49. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Mar 14, 2014 6:17 PM

    Always have admired Jim’s grit, toughness, and authentic attitude. Fight the good fight Jim. Thoughts and prayers will continue for you and your family. Get well!

  50. jimmyjoejohnbob says: Mar 14, 2014 6:20 PM

    Cancer sucks. Best wishes to you Jimbo.

  51. lilpuppy says: Mar 14, 2014 6:21 PM

    this man has been through enough.. 😦 good luck Jim

  52. greenandgoldgirl says: Mar 14, 2014 6:23 PM

    I wish you well in your fight, prayers and good thoughts for you and your family. All football fans are pulling for you to win this battle…

  53. bubba2014 says: Mar 14, 2014 6:23 PM

    Be strong JK! If anyone can beat this it’s you. You are still my favorite Bills an always will be.

  54. longtimefanhtr says: Mar 14, 2014 6:26 PM

    Very sorry to hear this.

  55. bigwinintx says: Mar 14, 2014 6:30 PM

    To all you COWARDS giving thumbs down to well wishes and prayers to Jim & his family, I hope you never have to go through that pain in your family.
    Cause it’s awful lonely when you’re battling that disease, even with the help of family friends and fans, it’s that guy standing there all alone wt the end of the day.

    If you had nothing strong or encouraging to wish the guy then just leave. Take the negativity with you.

  56. mheffner001 says: Mar 14, 2014 6:32 PM

    Hoping for a complete recovery . His family will help him get through it . My thoughts are with them in their time of need . .

  57. jc327 says: Mar 14, 2014 6:33 PM


    He helpedkeep my team out of the Super Bowl for way too long, but this Dolphins fan wishes nothing but the best for a classy guy like Kelly.

  58. irkjames says: Mar 14, 2014 6:36 PM

    My prayers are with Jim and his family.

  59. goldrush94 says: Mar 14, 2014 6:37 PM

    Fight on, Jim.

  60. Ed Bandell says: Mar 14, 2014 6:39 PM

    Sorry to hear this news. Cancer has claimed a lot of lives and I lost an Uncle to the disease. Hope Jim Kelly can rally one last time and make a comeback to beat one of the toughest opponents out there.

    Good luck to him, and to anyone who reads this who is either dealing with cancer themselves, has a relative who is dealing with it, or know of somebody who is fighting the good fight. Please be well!

  61. 2difshoe says: Mar 14, 2014 6:46 PM

    Prayers for strength, courage and a complete cure !

    Bear fans

  62. gohometrolls says: Mar 14, 2014 6:47 PM

    My prayers are with you and your family Jim Kelly from a Jets fan.

  63. edrouse says: Mar 14, 2014 6:49 PM


  64. soundslikeatypicalbastard says: Mar 14, 2014 6:50 PM

    All the best, Jim. Get well soon.

  65. fdugrad says: Mar 14, 2014 6:52 PM

    How sad…God love you Jim.

  66. denverwhodat says: Mar 14, 2014 6:54 PM

    Seconding so many of the great comments on PFT already – Jim Kelly is the epitome of class and thoughts and prayers to his family.

  67. jerruhjones says: Mar 14, 2014 7:00 PM

    To the classless ones giving thumb-downs…hope you never have a loved one fighting that fight!

    Best wishes Jim.

  68. guachosporlife says: Mar 14, 2014 7:08 PM

    There are other cancers out there besides Breast Cancer NFL. I wish they would get rid of the pink and use a universal color–Good luck Jim!

  69. Deb says: Mar 14, 2014 7:10 PM

    Thoughts and prayers going out for Jim Kelly and his family. All the best in your fight. God bless!!!

  70. beachsidejames says: Mar 14, 2014 7:18 PM

    Sad news. Jim Kelly is one of the class guys football has ever seen. Best of luck Jim. If anybody can beat it he can.

  71. sidneyz says: Mar 14, 2014 7:27 PM

    Praying for a full recovery. What a great QB.

  72. bradygirl12 says: Mar 14, 2014 7:31 PM

    God,please let this poor man catch a break! Thoughts and prayers going out to Jim Kelly and his family.

  73. ashure71 says: Mar 14, 2014 7:36 PM

    Every football fan is rooting for you Jim!!

  74. steeltuff says: Mar 14, 2014 8:04 PM

    Jim’s a tough guy from western Pennsylvania . . . he certainly can beat it.

  75. TheWizard says: Mar 14, 2014 8:04 PM

    I hated the Bills when they were dominating, but what kind of scum is trolling a story like this to vote thumbs down?

    We should all be required to use our legal names on the net. Most of the garbage would disappear.

  76. bigpoppa5501 says: Mar 14, 2014 8:17 PM

    Agreed Wizard…a lot of classless idiots here!

    Best wishes Jim, keep battling.

  77. annes22 says: Mar 14, 2014 8:22 PM

    That’s too bad for Jim. Good luck to you and your family, I can’t believe you have to fight this now. It’s not fair that you have to go through this after all the other family problems. Good Luck Jim and that’s from a Dolphin fan!!

  78. lostsok says: Mar 14, 2014 8:24 PM

    I remember watching a game when Jim was in the USFL. He went to the sideline holding his hand after being sacked. He had dislocated 2-3 fingers. The trainers got the fingers aligned, taped, and he was back on the field a few players later.

    I don’t remember if he won that game. But…that’s the point. We don’t know if Jim will win this fight…but I have no doubt he will give it one hell of a battle.

    As a Dolphin fan there are very, very few opponents I’ve ever respected more than Jim Kelly.

  79. broncostevenp says: Mar 14, 2014 8:30 PM

    Terrible news. Not a bills or Kelly fan, but anyone that battles cancer is a hero of mine.

  80. craigkintexas says: Mar 14, 2014 8:46 PM

    Prayers to Jim and Family. My wife is going through chemo treatments. It’s tough! What has helped us both are the prayers from so many. It’s like we can feel the uplifting force they bring.

  81. censoredagain says: Mar 14, 2014 9:06 PM

    You were tough as nails on the football field. Time to suit up and do it again. Much respect and many prayers!

  82. tictoccpthook says: Mar 14, 2014 9:15 PM

    Good luck Jim.

  83. ravenmadnky says: Mar 14, 2014 9:40 PM

    Jim Kelly was a class act and warrior on the field. Keep fighting the good fight, Jim, and I pray your health will be fully restored.

  84. ryann252013 says: Mar 14, 2014 10:08 PM

    I hate the bills as a jet fan. But my dad was a bills fan and I always admired Jim Kelly’s play and resilience. The man never wanted anything to do with Buffalo but eventually fell in love with his teammates and the community here in upstate NY. My dad will always remember the time Jim Kelly bought him a beer at Duff’s and talked to him for a full two hours just about life (All Buffalo fans know this place).

    Jim Kelly’s got my support and all of Buffalo’s! You can do it Jim!!!

  85. ravensbob says: Mar 14, 2014 10:20 PM

    God bless!

  86. michellerobinsonspimp says: Mar 14, 2014 10:38 PM

    Arguably the toughest QB to ever take a snap, Jim Kelly is a true champion, hall of famer, and role model both on and off the field. Praying that he does to this affliction what he did so often to so many opponents . . .

  87. omikeyboy says: Mar 14, 2014 10:42 PM

    As a Dolphin fan I have much respect for Jim Kelly, and the class he carried himself with. I hope he can get one more win.

  88. aa1829 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:08 PM

    Packer nation wishes you the best Mr. Kelly.

  89. knew8411 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:18 PM

    I have an observation to make here….the vast majority of the comments on here about Mr. Kelly, are positive encouraging comments towards Mr. Kelly & the battle of his lifetime.
    I have a really difficult time, having lost both my parents to this horrid disease, understanding why anyone would dislike or disagree with the positive nature of these comments.
    There are few people who love the game of football more than I do.
    But team loyalties aside, there are some things in life that are bigger than this game. Someone batteling cancer is one of those things!
    God Bless you Mr. Kelly. I pray that God watches over you, and the medical staff caring for you, and that he allows you to beat this horrid disease.

  90. rollonthree says: Mar 14, 2014 11:29 PM

    As my Dad works through cancer treatments, it truly makes me sick that anyone would give a thumbs down to all of the awesome comments on PFT for Mr. Kelly. Nothing but the best to Jim and his family during this tough time.

    As Jimmy V said, “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.”

  91. the1849ers says: Mar 14, 2014 11:34 PM

    Doctor Announced? What happened to physician–patient privilege?

  92. epps2 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:44 PM

    Dear Mr Kelly, Someone who has battled cancer with my husband , I wish you nothing but the best. I will include you and your family in my prayers beginning tonight Anyone battling cancer are the strongest people I have ever known. My husband was my hero and I was always a fan of yours and I have no doubt you will be a hero to others battling this disease. May God bless you and your family. I know you will be an inspiration to others.

  93. epps2 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:55 PM

    Dear Mr Kelly, having fought cancer with my husband I wish you and your family strength and nothing but the best. I will include you and your family in my prayers starting tonight. I believe that anyone fighting cancer is/are the strongest people I know.. I was always a fan of yours on the football field and I have no doubt that you will be an inspiration to others off the field battling this disease. My husband is my hero and I know you will be the hero to others. May God bless you and your family

  94. abreathofsanity says: Mar 15, 2014 12:00 AM

    Tampa Bay nation is cheering you on Jim!

  95. slough22 says: Mar 15, 2014 12:58 AM

    We pray for additional strength to carry you all the way up the field for one more TD!

  96. uncletuna says: Mar 15, 2014 9:55 AM

    May God Keep and Comfort Him and His Family…

  97. jackburton77 says: Mar 18, 2014 11:26 AM

    To all the people that are thumbs downing these well wishes.

    Hope you get what Jim has…people like him don’t deserve it and you do.

    You’re the best Jim!

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