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Jim Kelly visits doctors in NYC

Buffalo, N.Y. - Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly met with doctors in New York City Monday after learning his cancer has returned.

The vast majority of recurrent tumors do happen within the first year, said Matthew Miller, M.D., of the Wilmot Cancer Center. Miller isnt treating Kelly, but said patients with Kellys type of cancer, generally, are screened regularly for the first year they are cancer free.

The recurrence rate, depending on the stage, can occur anywhere from 20 percent to 50 percent for this type of a tumor, explained Miller.

In June of last year, Kelly had surgery to remove jaw cancer.

When they went over my CT scans, they knew they caught it early, said Kelly during a 2013 interview. I said when you go in do what you (have to) do. If there's something you don't think looks right, take it out."

It's unknown yet what Kelly will be facing this time around, but Miller said there could be a number of options.

Typically, patients, depending on the stage of their disease, are eligible for additional surgery, said Miller. They're eligible for radiation therapy and or chemotherapy depending on what stage the disease is at now.

Kelly's wife, Jill tweeted this Instagram post Monday, while they were in New York City:

He took his necklace off and handed it to me before heading in for yet another MRI. Now it's around my neck. A reminder that because of the cross, because of what JESUS did, we have hope. Hope when you hear them say "the cancer is back"...because God is bigger than the cancer. Hope when you're human and your mind thinks the worst, and yet God is greater than our hearts and minds and He knows everything and He's working it ALL together for good, even when we can't see "good". Hope when you feel like a broken record because you keep praying and praying...and then you remember that Jesus intercedes for us this very moment and friends and family and fans and strangers are praying. Hope. Hope. Hope. Hope in the One who holds our hearts as we hold onto His promises. H.O.P.E. Psalm 33:18-22

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