Doctors treating pro football legend Jim Kelly for oral cancer have announced that they will not proceed with surgery.
Instead, according to Kelly's wife Jill, the doctors will begin giving him rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
On her Facebook page, Jill told fans and followers that "at this point and time surgery is not the best option for Jim. The cancer is in areas that surgery cannot successfully eradicate."
This change in treatment course is not the best of news for the 54-year-old former Buffalo Bills QB and Pro Football Hall of Famer, since in cancer, surgery is and always has been the treatment that delivers the highest number of cures.
The quarterback was supposed to have surgery to remove the tumor, which was supposed to be followed by five to six weeks of mop-up chemotherapy.
"Jim Kelly's condition remains very treatable and potentially curable," said Dr. Peter D. Costantino, the doctor heading up Kelly's treatment team at Lenox Hill Hospital. "Our immediate focus is on controlling his pain and beginning the process of eradicating the cancer."
Just two weeks ago Kelly learned that the cancerous cells he'd had removed from his jaw last year had recurred and that he would require further treatment.
Buffalo Bills fans also learned that the team's founder and owner Ralph Wilson died at age 95.
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