Jim Kelly was scheduled to begin radiation therapy to treat his recurring cancer on Monday, but the treatments have been postponed. Kelly’s brother Dan told Tim Graham of The Buffalo News that Jim has been battling a fever.
Kelly’s chemotherapy has been moved to next Monday. He is scheduled for a seven-week program.
The Buffalo Bills legend was first diagnosed with cancer of the upper jaw last year. At the time, the cancer had not spread and could thus be surgically removed. Last month, Kelly’s family announced that his cancer had returned rather aggressively and was causing him a lot of pain.
Kelly was initially expected to undergo another surgery, but he later revealed that he has several microscopic tumors that cannot be removed surgically. Instead, Kelly will undergo chemotherapy. His doctor has called the cancer “very treatable and potentially curable.”
“If he’s saying it,” Kelly told SI’s Peter King when asked about his doctor’s diagnosis. “I hope so. I just know there’s a lot of work to do, to shrink the cancer. I just pray it works. If you hear I’m about to have surgery, then you know it’s working. That’s the goal. But it won’t be an easy operation.”
Our thoughts remain with Kelly and his family during this incredibly challenging time.
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