The Hall of Famer will receive a single dose of chemotherapy to treat squamous cell carcinoma. He was first diagnosed with the disease in June and had surgery to remove it. It was thought the disease was gone at that point, but Kelly learned last month the cancer returned and is aggressively spreading.
He will also begin Monday daily radiation treatments over six weeks at the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute in Lake Success, near New York City. During that time, he will also return as an outpatient for more chemo.
"At the conclusion of chemotherapy and radiation, we will wait two to three months to determine the status of his cancer before deciding if surgery will be necessary," said Dr. Peter Constantino of Lenox Hill Hospital, which is leading his treatment regimen. "Jim Kelly's condition remains very treatable and potentially curable. Even if chemotherapy and radiation are not successful in eradicating the cancer, his skull-based tumor remains operable."
Kelly was visited over the weekend by his former backup in Buffalo, Frank Reich. He also attended a Knicks game Friday with family.
"Reaching out to the Father," his wife, Jill, tweeted Sunday. "Asking. Seeking. Hoping. Believing."
Kelly's spent much of his time since his second diagnosis in New York.
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