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Doctor: Tuesday evaluation found “no evidence” of cancer for Jim Kelly; more tests to come


A medical evaluation given to Bills quarterback Jim Kelly on Tuesday found “no evidence” of cancer, a doctor at the Manhattan hospital where Kelly has been treated said Wednesday afternoon.

“The great news is that upon physical examination, there is no evidence of the cancer,” said Dr. Peter Costantino, the executive director of the New York Head and Neck Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital, in a statement issued by the hospital. (A hat tip to ESPN’s Mike Rodak for pointing this out.)

Kelly has been battling oral cancer and underwent chemotherapy earlier this year. According to the hospital, Kelly will continue to be evaluated and will undergo more tests.

“It is possible that no further treatment will be required, and the testing over the next week will define this issue,” Costantino said.

Surgery and “highly focused” radiation treatment would be options for Kelly if needed, the hospital said.

Kelly has responded well to the care he’s received, Costantino said.

“The treatments so far have completely eliminated Mr. Kelly’s pain and his level of function has essentially returned to normal,” Costantino said.

The 54-year-old Kelly was able to attend the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony for teammate Andre Reed earlier this month.

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80 Responses to “Doctor: Tuesday evaluation found “no evidence” of cancer for Jim Kelly; more tests to come”
  1. FlashPatterson says: Aug 20, 2014 4:34 PM

    Excellent news!

  2. vikings1packers0 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:36 PM

    Such a good story. Now let the Haters go ahead and Hate.

  3. lnfinite says: Aug 20, 2014 4:37 PM

    Glad you are a survivor jim!!!

  4. wny49er says: Aug 20, 2014 4:39 PM

    Woohooo, that’s out of the way. Now for Pagula to win the bid!

  5. edithpiaf51 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:39 PM

    That is great news. Now I know why God is great. I pray for Kelly’s continuing health.

  6. tvjules says: Aug 20, 2014 4:40 PM

    Prayers answered! Thank you, God!

  7. masterflyguy says: Aug 20, 2014 4:40 PM

    Prayers were answered! Thank God!

  8. charman11 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:40 PM

    Way to go Jim! You the Man.

  9. dalfanforever says: Aug 20, 2014 4:40 PM

    Very good! I pray it stays that way!

  10. ufanforreal says: Aug 20, 2014 4:41 PM

    Great news, hope he comes back stronger than ever.
    On another note, buy the Bills Jim.

  11. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 20, 2014 4:42 PM

    That is fantastic. Prayers that he continues to do well.

  12. thelastpieceofcheese says: Aug 20, 2014 4:42 PM

    Best news of the year. We are going to have Jim Kelly around for a long time.

  13. tommikula says: Aug 20, 2014 4:42 PM

    Jim Kelly the real, Iron Sheik love the Jim Kelly and wish him good health forever. Jim Kelly the Sheik class unlike the Ryan Leaf, I humble him and break his back with the camel clutch!!

  14. jimmysee says: Aug 20, 2014 4:43 PM

    That is great news. I’m in a similar position. Treated and now cancer free for three years.

    Some cancers can be beaten.

  15. isheimfromcolfax says: Aug 20, 2014 4:43 PM

    So freaking awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. followme2boston says: Aug 20, 2014 4:44 PM

    No one circles the wagons…, that group of players did not have a single bit of quit during or after their football careers and Jim was the undisputed leader of that team. This is such great news. Looks like the team is going to be staying in Buffalo and Jimbo is cancer free. Go Bills!!!

  17. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 20, 2014 4:45 PM

    SCIENCE saves the day again. Good fightin’ Jim.

  18. jdrewsy says: Aug 20, 2014 4:45 PM

    Congratulations “Machine Gun”!!!! So happy to hear your good news!

  19. peester15 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:45 PM

    I met this guy as a kid at his camp…Class Act. I pray for him.

  20. trolltoll11 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:46 PM

    Hell yeah. Fantastic news. That disease claims far to many it’s nice to hear about the occasional win.

    Now Go Pack Go from Finger Lakes NY!

  21. sdelmonte says: Aug 20, 2014 4:48 PM

    Let’s hope this stays the case. Cancer is an insidious beast sometimes. But Jim is clearly a fighter and his positive attitude (along with good medicine and good doctors, of course) can’t hurt.

  22. thrstr says: Aug 20, 2014 4:51 PM


  23. 315judman says: Aug 20, 2014 4:52 PM

    That man deserved a win! Congrats on a hard fought victory.

  24. trephi says: Aug 20, 2014 4:53 PM

    For all he’s been through, and for everyone he’s inspired, he deserved this great news.

    Nothing but health and happiness going forward.

  25. haraldsigurdson says: Aug 20, 2014 4:53 PM

    Jim is so tough, man. Good for him. Awesome quarterback, awesome guy.

  26. deadlevelbest says: Aug 20, 2014 4:54 PM

    I want to see him lead the team out for the home opener. The Ralph will just go bonkers.

  27. broncostevenp says: Aug 20, 2014 4:55 PM

    That’s great news! Very happy to hear!

  28. whodat5150 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:56 PM

    God willing, the follow up and ALL future tests will be negative.

  29. edzo82270 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:56 PM

    No Luck of the Irish needed. Just a little fightin Irish eh Kelly? I’ll raise a Boston glass of Guinness in your honor my brother.

  30. bengalguy says: Aug 20, 2014 4:57 PM

    God Bless ya Jimbo!

  31. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 20, 2014 5:00 PM

    Good for you Jim, happy news for a change, here’s to hoping for even more, and then some more!!!

  32. swortybounce says: Aug 20, 2014 5:07 PM

    Hell Yeah!

  33. joemac1114 says: Aug 20, 2014 5:13 PM

    Good news for a good guy, and someone who has done a lot for Buffalo.

  34. arminscopyofswank says: Aug 20, 2014 5:18 PM

    Great News!

    Nothing but Best Wishes for Mr. Kelly.

    The future is looking bright!

  35. wisbadgfan says: Aug 20, 2014 5:19 PM

    Jim Kelly —-a class act—-you have taught us all a lesson with your courage and dignity.

    Many more happy years with your family.

  36. higheriqthanyou says: Aug 20, 2014 5:24 PM


  37. gojags says: Aug 20, 2014 5:32 PM

    Great news. I wish every cancer patient in the world gets this news.

  38. valentino8100 says: Aug 20, 2014 5:33 PM

    All the best from Patriot nation Jim.

  39. floriospftflunkies says: Aug 20, 2014 5:35 PM

    as a fan of Pizza, this is great news

  40. barrywhererufrom says: Aug 20, 2014 5:35 PM

    Thank God!! Great news!!

  41. willjasper says: Aug 20, 2014 5:41 PM

    That’s great news! I still hate him for what he did to the Dolphins during the 90’s though.

  42. zoxitic says: Aug 20, 2014 5:44 PM


  43. jgg1 says: Aug 20, 2014 5:46 PM

    For the people that gave Jim Kelly a thumb’s down you are a disappointment to the human race.

  44. calicowboysfan86 says: Aug 20, 2014 5:48 PM

    How do you thumbs down “Excellent news!”?? C’mon man!

  45. buffobeel42 says: Aug 20, 2014 5:51 PM

    #prayersforjk, #kellytough

  46. martin492013 says: Aug 20, 2014 5:56 PM

    Kelly Tough!

  47. aceakking says: Aug 20, 2014 5:58 PM

    I wish Jim Kelly well. But Bill Leavy can go to hell.

  48. aaronwest says: Aug 20, 2014 6:00 PM

    To all those that gave thumbs down to Kelly being cancer free, I have another finger for ya.

  49. johnnyb612 says: Aug 20, 2014 6:01 PM

    Very good news. Now let’s keep it that way. I absolutely hate that rotton disease.

  50. uscoach says: Aug 20, 2014 6:07 PM

    Awesome news

  51. pftfan says: Aug 20, 2014 6:13 PM

    Great news for Jim Kelly! Lenox Hill is the best hospital in New York.

  52. mancave001 says: Aug 20, 2014 6:16 PM

    Friggin awesome!

  53. ravenunitas says: Aug 20, 2014 6:19 PM

    Great news…..Kelly strong

  54. tigersfandan says: Aug 20, 2014 6:33 PM

    Well, we can all disregard the thumb-counts on this article (and probably many others too). Fantastic news about Kelly and no troll can change that.

  55. xcflqb7 says: Aug 20, 2014 6:39 PM

    Anyone giving thumbs down to the comments expressing joy at this good news should be banned – how can you hate on a nans health – in the end football is a game – cancer can hit any of us or our families and if ” Kelly tough” helps even one person that’s more than any of you idiot trolls have done

  56. jeagan1999 says: Aug 20, 2014 6:42 PM

    It’s hard to keep us Irish men down! Congratulations Jim Kelly, you fought the good fight and it appears you’ve won! God bless!

  57. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 20, 2014 6:45 PM

    So happy to hear this news for Jim Kelly and his family!! Watched i think a 30:30 special on ESPN. Hope he battles and beats this horrible disease. Never give up, dont ever give up.

  58. masterflyguy says: Aug 20, 2014 6:46 PM

    Disappointed gray ANYONE would post a thumbs down with this news. Shame on you

  59. giants21254246 says: Aug 20, 2014 6:53 PM

    If he’s good to go, he needs to suit up and start throwing bombs again

  60. iamkillerfin says: Aug 20, 2014 7:11 PM

    THANK GOD!!! That is awesome!!!

  61. bradygirl12 says: Aug 20, 2014 7:31 PM

    That is the best news I’ve heard in a while. I hope all future tests are negative. Way to go Jim!

  62. finzfan49 says: Aug 20, 2014 7:40 PM

    God bless him, hoping he makes a full recovery. One of the all time greats to ever play the game.

  63. dondiraider says: Aug 20, 2014 7:42 PM

    Great news for a great human being!

  64. 34defense2014 says: Aug 20, 2014 7:50 PM


  65. ceehawkfan says: Aug 20, 2014 8:17 PM

    Why so many THUMBS DOWN? THIS IS GOOD NEWS for Jim and his family.

  66. joemac1114 says: Aug 20, 2014 8:20 PM

    Wow, with all the thumbs down, I guess WoW players took a break while living in Mom’s basement.

  67. banky74 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:18 PM

    Darn good to hear this. Have some good friends in Buffalo and Kelly is of course, a legend around there.

    The number of downvotes in this thread is utterly disgusting. Apparently a bunch of you didn’t get hugged as kids.

  68. skybox22blog says: Aug 20, 2014 9:55 PM

    Yes, fight big guy. Hang tough. Praying for you and family.

  69. stoogy says: Aug 20, 2014 10:37 PM

    To anyone who gave a thumbs down, may you inherent the monster known as cancer!

  70. samoanjungle says: Aug 20, 2014 10:43 PM

    Really wish the down-voters can be permanently deleted. Apparently nothing bad has ever happened in their life. When it does, I’m guessing they will relate.

  71. joewill85 says: Aug 20, 2014 10:54 PM

    I just want to know what kind of dickbag votes down a comment congratulating a cancer survivor.

  72. kilofox2014 says: Aug 20, 2014 11:15 PM

    Sounds great…those are the best sounding words when you are going through cancer treatment.

  73. adriansbabymommainwisco says: Aug 20, 2014 11:16 PM

    You should all watch the snippet on espn on his recovery. Pretty awesome.

  74. dvdman123 says: Aug 21, 2014 12:39 AM

    Great news!

  75. ravensbob says: Aug 21, 2014 12:44 AM


  76. what da says: Aug 21, 2014 12:51 AM

    Who are these creeps who give a thumbs down to a story like this?

  77. usdcoyotesfan says: Aug 21, 2014 1:07 AM

    There are bigger things to worry about than an internet thumbs down button. Get a life, dorks.

  78. diveleft says: Aug 21, 2014 1:33 AM

    It is completely pathetic when you see so many “thumbs down” on positive comments on such a positive story about someone beating the terrible disease that is cancer. It really makes one think if being a fan of this site and the NFL is worth it when there are so many cruel people out there that are “fans”.

  79. oldcracker says: Aug 21, 2014 2:08 AM

    Jim, I can appreciate what you and your loved ones have gone through. My wife has been battling this horrible stuff for over 12 yrs.

    As her major care giver, I not only helped her get through all of the nasty side effects but, I had to keep the “stiff upper lip” to keep her and the kids positive and going forward. Mental toughness and the proper attitude are critical in fighting this stuff. Please keep strong and positive. Give your care givers an extra hug for sticking by you.

    Everyone, please support your local cancer charities.

  80. chris1cat says: Aug 21, 2014 8:30 AM

    Kelly + Tough = #KellyTough !!!!

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