Kelly is in Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City for cancer treatment. He's been in the hospital much of the time since it was learned earlier this month that his squamous cell carcinoma has come back.
Kelly will undergo chemotherapy, radiation and possibly surgery later on to treat the cancer, according to Dr. Peter Costantino, who heads the hospital's New York Head and Neck Institute:
"Jim Kelly’s condition remains very treatable and potentially curable. Our immediate focus is on controlling his pain and beginning the process of eradicating the cancer.”
Kelly's friend, Mike Billoni, hopes some prayers Sunday might further help Kelly. Billoni said Kelly encouraged him when Kelly visited Billoni in the hospital following a bicycle accident 21 years ago. Now he wants to return the favor.
"Jim Kelly came into my hospital room … and said, 'Continue to pray,' and 'Positive thoughts equal positive results.' Now, 21 years later, I am proof the power of prayer works."
Jim's wife, Jill, said on Twitter their daughter Erin made it to New York City to visit Jim.
The Hall of Famer was first diagnosed last year with the cancer in his jaw. He had surgery June 7 to remove the cancer and part of his jaw. No follow-up chemotherapy or radiation were needed at the time.
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