Former Bills QB Kelly's cancer surgery cancelled

Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinee Jim Kelly poses with his bust during the enshrinement ceremony...

Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinee Jim Kelly poses with his bust during the enshrinement ceremony in this August 3, 2002 file photo. (AFP)

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Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly will not undergo surgery on Thursday to treat an aggressive, spreading recurrence of cancer, his wife said.

Jill Kelly posted Wednesday on Facebook that "the cancer is in areas that surgery cannot successfully eradicate." She had written on Instagram earlier this week that the plan was for her husband to have surgery in Manhattan.

"Because of complexity and aggressive nature of this cancer and after more scans and tests, the plan has changed," Jill Kelly wrote. "At this point, Jim will not be having surgery ... Therefore, the medical specialists here in NYC along with our Buffalo team believe that chemotherapy and radiation are the best option."

According to reports, Jim Kelly was in and out of hospitals for the past 10 days. The Hall of Famer was diagnosed with upper jaw cancer last June and had surgery to remove part of his jawbone. He subsequently was declared cancer-free without undergoing radiation or chemotherapy.

"If you've dealt with cancer you know that you never really know for sure what each moment will hold," Jill Kelly wrote. "But..Praise God. We are held in the Strong Mighty hands of an Unchanging God. Thank you for your continued prayer support."

Kelly, 54, entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001 after playing from the Bills from 1986 to 1996. He holds most of the franchise passing records.

 


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