Kelly's cancer treatment delayed

Mar 31, 2014

Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly's chemotherapy was scheduled to start at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City Monday to treat his recurring oral cancer.  But in an interview with Buffalo News sports reporter Tim Graham late Monday night, Kelly's brother Dan revealed the treatment was delayed because Jim was suffering from a fever.  He'll now undergo seven weeks of chemo and radiation starting next Monday.

Details about his illness have been published in a Sports Illustrated article and in a CBS This Morning television interview Monday.

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Kelly, 54, said the aggressive cancer is comprised of "rather countless microscopic" tumors along his infraorbital nerve and it is dangerously close to the carotid artery in his head.

In the interview, Kelly says he thought that severe pain from headaches he was suffering were part of the healing process from surgery to remove a tumor last June.

Kelly expressed his gratitude for friends and family with him on this journey and his faith in God.