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Jim Kelly will have chemotherapy and radiation, not surgery
Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly’s doctors have told him surgery is not the best option for his oral cancer.
Kelly, whose family had previously announced that his surgery was scheduled for Thursday, will instead have chemotherapy and radiation therapy. His wife, Jill Kelly, provided an update on Facebook.
“There’s been a lot that has been said so we thought it would be best to clarify,” Jill Kelly wrote. “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.”
Remembering that there was very significant time delay in the diagnosis and primary treatment of his cancer, combined with the fact the prognosis of this type of cancer was already far from satisfactory, and along with the fact that a more deforming but more thorough radical lymph node neck dissection surgery and/or other co-treatments (radiation/chemo) were not chosen to be performed at the same time, this recurrence is even less surprising. Unfortunately, this tells me what I had originally believed would be the case before "surgery" was surprisingly just recently announced as the treatment he would undergo for the recurrence. His recurrence/spread is now obviously beyond the reasonable scope of scalpel removal. The chemotherapy and radiation therapy must now be considered a desperation salvage approach in hopes of palliation and improved quality of life.