Updated: 03/14/2014 7:38 PM
Created: 03/14/2014 4:24 PM WHEC.com
Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly's cancer has returned.
The Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo said in a statement Friday that the cancer was found when the former Buffalo Bills star came in for follow-up testing after having oral surgery to remove cancerous cells last year.
The statement says the hospital's head and neck cancer specialists are determining a course of treatment.
Kelly spent 11 seasons with the Bills before retiring following the 1996 season. He has since made Buffalo his home.
The hospital says Kelly asks that people keep him and his family in their thoughts and prayers.
His son, Hunter, was born with Krabbe (KRAB'-ee) disease, an inherited nervous system disorder. Given little more than three years to live, Hunter died at the age of 8 in 2005.
Dr. Thom Loree, Head and Neck Surgeon, Clinical Director, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, The Center for Oncology Care at ECMC, released a statement, "Jim Kelly came to the Erie County Medical Center this week for continued testing related to his oral surgery. Unfortunately, it has been determined that his cancer has returned. Our team of head and neck cancer specialists is determining a course of treatment that will allow Mr. Kelly to battle this cancer successfully. Mr. Kelly has asked that you to keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers."
Dr. Thom Loree
Head and Neck Surgeon
Clinical Director, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
The Center for Oncology Care at ECMC