Kelly to begin chemotherapy, radiation next week

NEW YORK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Jim Kelly will begin chemotherapy and radiation treatments next week, according to the executive director of Lenox Hill Hospital Peter Costantino, M.D.

Kelly, who remains at Lenox Hill Hospital Tuesday, has an aggressive form of recurring cancer. It was first diagnosed last year. He had surgery in June, and now the cancer has returned and spread throughout his head and neck.

Kelly will receive a single-dose of chemotherapy next week, along with concurrent daily radiation therapy treatments. The chemotherapy will be repeated as an outpatient in about three and six weeks. The radiation will be a six-week regimen carried out at North Shore- LIJ Cancer Institute’s Center for Advanced Medicine, according to Costantino.

These are Kelly’s first chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Costantino said they will wait two to three months after the chemotherapy and radiation to determine the status of his cancer, before deciding if surgery will be necessary.

He was in a lot of pain, but we’ve also learned doctors have him resting comfortably.

Donald Trump was a guest on NewsRadio 930 Tuesday morning. He says, Kelly’s family is staying in one of his apartments in New York City.

Trump said, “He’s going through a really tough time, he’s a great guy. He sounded actually really good two days ago, he called me from the hospital…”

Costantino says Kelly’s cancer is “very treatable and potentially curable.”

The Kelly family and close friend Thurman Thomas opened up to CBS News correspondent Jeff Glor.

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