The Manhattan hospital treating him shared word Wednesday that Kelly's cancer is essentially – but tentatively – gone.
"The treatments so far have completely eliminated Mr. Kelly's pain, and his level of function has essentially returned to normal. Further, on physical evidence, there is no evidence of cancer," said Dr. Peter Constantino of Lenox Hill Hospital.
Jim's wife, Jill, offered more details on Twitter about his prognosis. He was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma a year ago and has surgery, but the cancer returned this past spring. He had chemotherapy and radiation three months ago to treat it.
"We have come away from our checkup visit in NYC encouraged and hopeful," she said. "Preliminary scan results have necessitated the need for biopsies to be done in order to confirm what we hope to be true, that the cancer has been eradicated. We will not know the outcome until this procedure is completed."
Kelly soon after appeared on ESPN and followed that up with written and videotaped statements. In them, a scalp-shaven Kelly is surrounded by get-well cards and thanks fans for their continued support. He also detailed his status:
"The pain from the cancer is gone, and I'm improving on a daily basis. I'm eating more, and my strength is returning slowly but surely … I have to unfortunately go back to New York City next week, and they've got to take biopsies. I'm not completely out of the woods yet. It's always something."
That testing will determine if further treatment is necessary for Kelly, who's stayed mostly out of the public eye this year but did appear at his Buffalo-area football camp and was in Canton, Ohio, for Andre Reed's Hall of Fame enshrinement earlier this month. He's also still in the hunt to be part of an ownership group with the Bills once their sales process is complete.
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