Jim Kelly is now 2-0 in his fight against cancer.
The Hall of Fame quarterback got some amazing news at his medical checkup on Wednesday, learning that there is no sign of cancer in his body just months after being hit with a recurrence of jaw cancer.
Jim’s wife, Jill Kelly, posted an update on Instagram telling followers that Jim’s doctor found nothing remaining in the latest scan.
“Dr. C walks in with a big hug and these words, ‘There’s no evidence of cancer,'” Jill Kelly wrote.
It was quite a turnaround for Jim Kelly, who learned early last year that his cancer was back. At first, the prognosis looked quite grim, but doctors said the cancer was treatable and Kelly went forward with an aggressive plan of surgery and chemotherapy.
In September, just days before the start of the Buffalo Bills season, Kelly announced that biopsies for his recurrence of jaw cancer came back negative.
“This is some of the greatest news I’ve ever gotten,” Kelly said in a statement.
“It’s been a long road, and I’m still not back to 100 percent, but I have a lot to be thankful for.”
In August, doctors declared that several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation had eliminated all sign of cancer. But declaring him completely cancer free would take longer, including several biopsies of other parts of his jaw.
“I am so thankful for the support and prayers of my family, my friends near and far, and everyone in Western New York and throughout the country through my illness. I also want to thank the medical specialists who have done such amazing work,” Kelly said at the time. “Most of all, I want to thank God. Without my faith and God’s constant presence, there would be no such thing as ‘Kelly Tough.’ “
Much of Western New York joined the Kelly family for Jim’s fight, signing cards and sending messages of support for the region’s hero.
Jim Kelly has another scan scheduled in April.