Hall of fame quarterback Jim Kelly’s doctors find ‘no evidence’ of cancer after latest exam

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Jim Kelly’s life story got a happy new chapter today, as his doctors announced they found “no evidence” of cancer after a follow-up exam on Tuesday, ESPN reports. Dr. Peter Costantino said in a statement released by Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan:

“The great news is that upon physical examination, there is no evidence of the cancer. The treatments so far have completely eliminated Mr. Kelly’s pain, and his level of function has essentially returned to normal. … It is possible that no further treatment will be required, and the testing over the next week will define this issue.”

Jim Kelly’s wife Jill released her own statement on Instagram, along with a picture of a cross, noting that more biopsies will be performed to confirm whether traces of cancer are present in Jim Kelly.

“We will not know the outcome until this procedure is completed. And so… We continue to PRAY, rejoice, live… Thank you for holding us up during this time. We are so grateful for you! #prayersforjk #kellytough,” Jill Kelly wrote on the photo-sharing site today.

Jim Kelly, 54, was first diagnosed with oral cancer in March 2013. He underwent surgery to remove tumors, but the cancer returned in March. He underwent radiation and chemotherapy to retreat the recurrence three months ago.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.



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