Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly's oral cancer returns

Eric Edholm
Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly's oral cancer returns

Jim Kelly, the Hall Of Fame and four-time Super Bowl quarterback who spent his entire NFL career with the Buffalo Bills, recently learned that his cancer has returned.

Kelly was diagnosed with oral cancer initially last summer and had surgery to remove the tumor and cancerous cells and then rebuild his jaw. Chemotherapy and radiation treatment were not deemed necessary at the time. But now the cancer as recurred.

Kelly will travel to New York City next week for treatment. Dr. Thom Loree, head and neck surgeon at The Center for Oncology Care at Eric County Medical Center, issued the following statement on Kelly's behalf.

"Jim Kelly came to ECMC this week for continued testing related to his oral surgery. Unfortunately, it has been determined that his cancer has returned. Our team of head and neck cancer specialists is determining a course of treatment that will allow Mr. Kelly to battle this cancer successfully. Mr. Kelly has asked that you to keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers." 

Kelly, the best quarterback in franchise history, played from the Bills from 1986 to 1996 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002. 

Kelly's son, Hunter, was born with Krabbe disease and died from it at the age of 8 in 2005.

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