You never want to hear about someone getting cancer, we are sending our thoughts & prayers his way. Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly says he has been diagnosed with cancer in his upper jaw bone and will have surgery on Friday. Report after the jump…
Kelly is suffering from squamous cell carcinoma, but he has recently undergone tests to show that the cancer is isolated in his jaw and has not spread to other parts of his body.
“The past couple of weeks have been difficult for me,” Kelly said. “Because of the nature of social media, I thought it would be best to share with everyone what has been going on with my health.”
The announcement was made Monday morning, just before the start of the quarterback’s Kelly For Kids charitable foundation’s annual celebrity golf tournament.
“Doctors have told me that my prognosis for recovery is very good,” he said.
Kelly will have part of the upper jaw removed, and he is unsure whether he will require chemotherapy, which will be determined after surgery. The operation will be performed in Buffalo.
“We caught it in time,” Kelly said. “When you hear the word ‘cancer,’ it automatically scares you. It not only scared me, but my family. But it’s like everything. It’s another river to cross, another stumbling block. I’ve been to the top many times. And I’ve been to the bottom. It’s just one of the roller coaster rides I’ve been on throughout my life.
“It’s just another challenge for me and I know I’ll beat it.”