Jim Kelly's surgery canceled because it wouldn't 'eradicate' his cancer

Jim Kelly won't be having surgery after all. (USATSI)
Jim Kelly won't be having surgery after all. (USATSI)

Jill Kelly, the wife of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, wrote earlier this week that her husband would undergo surgery on Thursday because the cancer he fought off last year was "back, aggressive and starting to spread."

On Wednesday, though, she wrote that the surgery has been canceled because "the cancer is in areas that surgery cannot successfully eradicate."

"Because of complexity and aggressive nature of this cancer and after more scans and tests, the plan has changed," Jill Kelly wrote on her Facebook page. "At this point, Jim will not be having surgery ... Therefore, the medical specialists here in NYC along with our Buffalo team believe that chemotherapy and radiation are the best option."

Competition Committee chair Jeff Fisher has his sights on extra points. (USATSI)

But here perhaps is some good news. Here's what Dr. Peter Constantino, executive director of the hospital’s New York Head & Neck Institute, said, via WIVB.com:

“Jim Kelly’s condition remains very treatable and potentially curable. Our immediate focus is on controlling his pain and beginning the process of eradicating the cancer.”

The former Bills superstar was diagnosed with upper jaw cancer last June, but he was declared cancer free a couple weeks later after undergoing surgery.

"If you've dealt with cancer you know that you never really know for sure what each moment will hold," Jill Kelly wrote Wednesday. "But..Praise God. We are held in the Strong Mighty hands of an Unchanging God. Thank you for your continued prayer support."

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