Jim Kelly to have checkup after ‘something came up’ following cancer surgery
Jim Kelly revealed this week that a checkup has been scheduled for next month in New York City after “something came up” amid treatment following a recurrence of oral cancer earlier this year.
The procedure last month, in part to prepare for having permanent dentures outfitted in September, followed surgery in March that treated the cancer recurrence and reconstructed Kelly’s lower jaw.
“Right now it’s just a checkup,” Kelly told ESPN’s Mike Rodak on Tuesday from his football clinic for children at St. John Fisher College. “It will be a checkup, but how long will I be there [until I] check out? We’ll see. I still have a mouth full of stitches. I’m sure they’re going to pull all of those out.
“My doctors are in New York. I’m not there every day. So I want to sure that everything is going on is going on for the right reasons. … Even though I’m blessed to have [the doctor] at [Erie County Medical Center] I go to in Buffalo look and make sure that things are going pretty good, it helps.”
Kelly admitted to not being entirely sure what necessitated next month’s checkup.
“I’m not sure what’s going on,” Kelly said. “I have some things that I want to have looked at, and then we’ll go from there. I don’t know whether I’m going to be here for two days, four days or in and out. And then hopefully I pray when September has rolled around that I can finally bite into a piece of meat and not soup every day.”
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. The Buffalo Bills icon then revealed this past March that his cancer had returned.
Amid his recovery, Kelly will receive the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2018 ESPYS on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
“I hope the words that I say come out right, that I’m able to inspire people never to give up,” Kelly said.