Three Months After Treatment, No Evidence of Jim Kelly's Oral Cancer

NEW YORK, Aug. 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was evaluated yesterday at the New York Head & Neck Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, three months after completing the radiation and chemotherapy protocol designed to treat his recurrent cancer.

"The great news is that upon physical examination, there is no evidence of the cancer," said Peter Costantino, MD, Executive Director of the hospital's New York Head & Neck Institute and a renowned skull-based surgeon. "The treatments so far have completely eliminated Mr. Kelly's pain and his level of function has essentially returned to normal."

Mr. Kelly will now undergo a series of tests to determine if any further treatment will be necessary. Should treatment be required, it would likely consist of surgery followed by a form of highly focused radiation referred to as Gamma Knife Therapy. "It is possible that no further treatment will be required, and the testing over the next week will define this issue," Dr. Costantino said.

About the New York Head & Neck Institute

The New York Head & Neck Institute (NYHNI), part of North Shore-LIJ Health System, provides seamless, integrated care across several specialty fields for people with disorders of the head and neck. Our physicians and surgeons all have regional, national or international reputations within their particular head and neck specialty areas. They bring vast experience and training to effectively diagnose and treat head and neck disorders while providing the most advanced patient-centered care.

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Source:North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System