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Jim Kelly will have chemotherapy and radiation, not surgery

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Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly’s doctors have told him surgery is not the best option for his oral cancer.

Kelly, whose family had previously announced that his surgery was scheduled for Thursday, will instead have chemotherapy and radiation therapy. His wife, Jill Kelly, provided an update on Facebook.

“There’s been a lot that has been said so we thought it would be best to clarify,” Jill Kelly wrote. “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.”

The 54-year-old Kelly revealed in June that he was fighting cancer, and he had a previous surgery to remove part of his jaw.

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18 Responses to “Jim Kelly will have chemotherapy and radiation, not surgery”
  1. schetm says: Mar 26, 2014 4:44 PM

    Terrible week for Buffalo and Bills fans everywhere. Here’s praying that Jim “K-Guns” towards full recovery, and continues the good work in the community that he has become loved for!

  2. wnbasuperfan says: Mar 26, 2014 4:47 PM

    Pull through, Jim! Buffalo is thinking about you.

  3. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Mar 26, 2014 4:53 PM

    Chemo and radiation is an absolutely brutal tag team. It destroys ALL cells (healthy and malignant) — indiscriminately. The whole concept behind both treatments is that once you kill the cancerous cell tissue – that you have enough healthy cells to emerge alive on the back end.

    This is pretty ominous — hope K-Gun comes out on top of this battle. If anyone has the guts, courage, resilience and toughness, Kelly would have to be right up at the top of the list. He did lead Buffalo to one Super Bowl after the other — despite a lot of discouraging defeats — four (consecutive) times something that has never been done before by any player ever before or since. So we know he’s a fighter, big-time.

    Prayers out to ya, Jim!

  4. 12brichandfamous says: Mar 26, 2014 4:57 PM

    Godspeed, strength, and peace of mind to you and your family Jim. We all wish you a healthy future.

  5. jayquintana says: Mar 26, 2014 5:08 PM

    Kelly has great relationships with his former teammates. Says a lot about a guy.

  6. msmith954 says: Mar 26, 2014 5:13 PM

    Hang in there, Jim. We’re pulling for you.

  7. jshipolito says: Mar 26, 2014 5:30 PM

    God Bless.

  8. 69finfan says: Mar 26, 2014 5:38 PM

    Jim, prayers and well wishes go out to you and your family. God Bless!

  9. fordmandalay says: Mar 26, 2014 5:51 PM

    Good luck, Mr. Kelly.

  10. Coach John Harbaugh says: Mar 26, 2014 5:56 PM

    that picture of jim kelly and his daughter is heartbreaking

    we are all behind you, jim!

  11. randallwoodfield says: Mar 26, 2014 6:00 PM

    Hope he beats it. Hope everybody does someday soon. Cancer is this era’s American black plague.

  12. bradygirl12 says: Mar 26, 2014 6:38 PM

    God Bless You,Jim Kelly,and may your cancer be eradicated after treatments.

  13. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 26, 2014 6:49 PM

    As a cancer survivor I feel your pain, but hang tough you will beat this Jim!!!!

  14. Moudabo says: Mar 26, 2014 6:58 PM

    Sending well wishes for a speedy recovery, Jim.
    We’re all pulling for you. God Bless you and your family.

  15. sarcasm says: Mar 26, 2014 7:12 PM

    Hoping for the best!

  16. beerndrums says: Mar 26, 2014 7:18 PM

    I’m a Dolphins fan but I sure do respect Jim.He seemed like a top notch person

  17. whodey420 says: Mar 26, 2014 7:38 PM

    Seems like a lot of thumbs down being checked off just for wishing the guy gets well. More to life than football folks. Enjoy it while it last. Hope the guy beats it regardless of who he played for.

  18. bohste says: Mar 26, 2014 7:54 PM

    Many fans are praying for not just a NFL Hall of Famer, but for a really good human being.

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