Jim Kelly will not have surgery, will receive chemo

NEW YORK- Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly will not receive surgery and instead undergo chemotherapy as he continues his fight against cancer, according to a Facebook post by his wife Jill Kelly.

Jill Kelly posted that Jim's cancer has spread to areas that surgery can not completely destroy and doctors have decided chemotherapy and radiation are the best course of action.

News that Jim Kelly's surgery had been postponed was first reported Tuesday evening.

Jill Kelly's complete Facebook post is below:

Had to share this picture of Jim hugging his dad.
Plans and protocol have changed - but no plan and purpose of God's can be thwarted!

This we KNOW to be true.

First of all, thank you for walking along side us, lifting us up in prayer, loving us, and hoping.
This is what we cling to...our HOPE in the God who is greater than all - who knows what we don't, who created the heavens and the earth as well as the
intimate details of the seen and unseen.

He is our Hope!
Beyond the doctors, medicine, treatments, surgery - God is our ever present HOPE, Help, and Healer!

There's been a lot that has been said so we thought it would be best to clarify.
At this point and time surgery is not the best option for Jim.
Because of complexity and aggressive nature of this cancer and after more scans and tests, the plan has changed.

At this point, Jim will not be having surgery. The cancer is in areas that surgery cannot successfully eradicate. Therefore, the medical specialists here in NYC along with our Buffalo team believe that chemotherapy and radiation are the best option.

If you've dealt with cancer you know that you never really know for sure what each moment will hold.
But..Praise God. We are held in the Strong Mighty hands of an Unchanging God.

Thank you for your continued prayer support.
I will share updates as we move forward - ready for this battle waged against us.
If God is for us.who can be against us!

Lenox Hill Hospital, where Jim Kelly is currently being treated, released this statement:

Lenox Hill Hospital today announced that Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly will begin cancer treatment this week, under the direction of Peter D. Costantino, MD, executive director of the hospital's New York Head & Neck Institute and a renowned skull-based surgeon.

Despite earlier news media reports, the Buffalo Bills legend will not undergo surgery this week. Dr. Costantino said his likely treatment regimen will begin with chemotherapy, radiation, and potentially surgery. Dr. Costantino describes this as a well-recognized strategy designed to treat the cancer present in Mr. Kelly's maxillary sinus and adjacent tissues.

Mr. Kelly was treated previously in a Buffalo area hospital. His cancer returned in a location that requires specialized expertise in the treatment of skull-based tumors. "Jim Kelly's condition remains very treatable and potentially curable," Dr. Costantino said. "Our immediate focus is on controlling his pain and beginning the process of eradicating the cancer."


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