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Jim Kelly to have jaw reconstructed to treat recurrence of oral cancer

Buffalo Bills icon and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly revealed he will undergo reconstructive jaw surgery to treat his recurrence of oral cancer.

Kelly told Buffalo’s KGRZ-TV on Friday that the surgery will be performed in New York City later this month. The procedure will involve removing part of Kelly’s fibula and blood vessels from his leg, ESPN reports. Kelly said the surgery will improve his quality of life, although it is not confirmed at this time if Kelly will have any additional treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation.

Kelly, 58, announced via a statement issued by the Bills on Thursday that after several years, the oral cancer had returned.

The Bills later issued a statement saying the organization was “deeply saddened” by Kelly’s diagnosis.

Kelly originally revealed in 2013 that he had been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his upper jaw. On Aug. 20, 2014, Kelly was declared cancer-free.

Kelly told WGRZ that all credit goes to his doctor along with his daughter, Erin Kelly-Bean, to convincing him to get a biopsy last month.

Kelly’s wife, Jill, posted an emotional message on Instagram on Thursday about her husband’s diagnosis, writing the family will rely upon their faith as they move forward in the aftermath of the sad news.