Jim Kelly, moments before publicly confirming that he has cancer, speaks with former teammate Andre Reed
BUFFALO, NY - Many Western New Yorkers are continuing to send their support to Jim Kelly this morning.
The Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame Quarterback, underwent surgery Friday at Erie County Medical Center, after revealing earlier this week that he has cancer of the upper jaw.
Kelly says he was diagnosed with Squamous-cell carcinoma two weeks ago , after pain in his jaw would not go away.
He tells 2 on Your Side that his doctor's say his prognosis is good, but that they won't know if he'll need chemotherapy or reconstructive surgery until after his surgery.
On Jim Kelly's behalf, Erie County Medical Center issued this statement following the surgery:
"At Mr. Kelly's request, we thank everyone for their concern and well wishes for him and his family. Today, Mr. Kelly underwent a partial maxillectomy to remove a squamous cell carcinoma of the upper gingival caused be chronic irritation at the gum site. He underwent reconstruction with a dental obturator. The surgery went very well. We are hopeful for and anticipate a speedy recovery and successful outcome. Mr. Kelly is recovering comfortably at this time. He is in the capable care of the great nurses and staff here at ECMC. He will remain here at the hospital until he feels comfortable to go home."
Thom R. Loree, MD, Clinical Director, Head and Neck Surgery Department
Maureen Sullivan, DDS
Mark S. Burke, MD
2 On Your Side's Melissa Holmes spoke to Dr. Hassan Arshad, MD, a head & neck/plastic & reconstructive surgeon at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Dr, Arshad is not involved in Kelly's surgery, but offered some insight on Kelly's diagnosis and surgery. You can watch his interview in the video player above.