Jim Kelly cancer update: NFL Hall of Famer goes home, will continue chemo, "Glory to God!"

Published 23 April 2014  |  
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Jim Kelly and daughter, Erin

Cancer survivor and former NFL quarterback Jim Kelly was released from a Buffalo hospital on Tuesday, and is home with his family.

Kelly's wife, Jill, and daughter, Erin, posted Instagram photos of Kelly headed home. Jill's photo showed her husband being wheeled down a hospital hallway carrying a football, with the caption:

"Now we are OFFICIALLY GOING HOME! To the house. HOME! Glory to God!!! And he's got his FOOTBALL balloon - ready to hand it off to another patient! #prayersforJK"

The former Bills star returned to Buffalo on April 19 after receiving treatment in New York City for squamous cell carcinoma of the upper jaw bone. His brother Dan said that he will continue chemotherapy and radiation treatments in western New York.

Kelly has undergone a series of procedures since announcing his diagnosis last year. The former quarterback had the left side of his jaw and teeth on the left side of his mouth removed in June 2013, and had surgery to relieve jaw pain in March 2014.

He currently has several microscopic tumors that cannot be removed surgically. His doctor in New York City told the New York Post that the cancer is "very treatable and potentially curable."

Kelly has stated that being a Christian has enabled him to endure his tribulations.

"There is no way I'd be here without my faith," he told Sports Illustrated's Monday Morning Quarterback

"It's been such a roller coaster. So many things. The Super Bowl losses, the fabulous career, my son born sick, making the Hall of Fame, my son dying, two plates and 10 screws in my back after major surgery, one plate and six screws in my neck after another surgery, a double hernia, the cancer, surgery on my jaw, the cancer coming back, now what I'm facing."

Kelly spent 11 seasons with the Bills and led them to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances in the early 1990s, only to lose them all. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

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