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Former Buffalo Bills Quarterback Jim Kelly Faces Possible Surgery as Cancer Treatment Wraps Up

June 1st, 2014 at 11:50 AM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The good news for former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly is that his radiation and chemotherapy treatments are done as he battles oral cancer.

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But he may still be a long way from being in the clear.

His wife, Jill Kelly, said via Twitter this past week that he had his final radiation treatment. That came a week after his final chemotherapy treatment for squamous cell carcinoma, which he was originally diagnosed with last summer and had surgery for but which returned earlier this year.

The over the weekend, Jill posted video on social media of Jim having his head shaved after completing his treatment. His daughter, Erin, wanted to do the same, but he refused to let her.

Kelly has been in Western New York since Easter after beginning his treatment in early April in Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. His doctor there, Peter Constantino, said at the time that a waiting period of two to three months would commence after his chemo and radiation were done. After that, doctors would determine if more surgery would be necessary.

The cancer spread so that it became many tiny tumors as opposed to a few larger tumors, which made surgery impossible without other treatments. Constantino was optimistic it would be treatable.

Kelly's brother has remained active in the quarterback's business interests during the treatment. He said earlier this spring that Kelly has actively heard from potential buyers of the Bills about being a part of their groups. He did not commit to a group. About three weeks are left until an investment bank hired by the Bills begins contacting prospective buyers about the bidding process

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