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Hall of Fame QB Kelly completes first round of chemo

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Apr 09 2014 03:39:11 PM MDT
Updated On: Apr 09 2014 03:56:31 PM MDT
Jim Kelly, retired Buffalo Bills quarterback

Reuters

Former Buffalo Bills quarterback and Hall of Famer Jim Kelly has completed his first round of chemotherapy for oral cancer.

"First round of chemo. DONE," Jill Kelly tweeted Tuesday night.

The tweet followed an earlier photo on Instagram of Kelly's first chemo treatment from his New York City hospital room.

"There's been such a big outpouring of prayers -- which I definitely need," Kelly said on Friday before his treatment began. "It makes me feel good that so many people are praying for me."

Kelly has revealed that he will have two more rounds of chemotherapy in the next six weeks, and he will also have daily radiation treatments.

Kelly's doctor has described his cancer as "very treatable and potentially curable."

A hospital statement last week said Kelly will be receiving a single dose of chemotherapy at Lenox Hill Hospital, along with concurrent daily radiation therapy treatments. The chemotherapy will be repeated as an outpatient in approximately three weeks and six weeks. The radiation therapy will be a six-week regimen carried out at the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute's Center for Advanced Medicine in Lake Success, N.Y.

Kelly, 54, entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001 after playing from the Bills from 1986 to 1996. He holds most of the franchise passing records.