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Jim Kelly's latest scans show 'no evidence of cancer,' Jill Kelly says

There is still pain. Plenty of pain.

But whatever discomfort that apparently caused Jim Kelly to travel to New York City to undergo earlier than planned tests Wednesday on his upper jaw, from which squamous cell carcinoma was surgically removed, was not an indication the cancer had returned.

That was the happy news Jill Kelly, wife of the Hall of Fame quarterback, shared via her Instagram account. She wrote that Jim got a "Double thumbs up! MRI and CTScans are clear. Still working through major pain management, but PRAISE THE LORD, no evidence of cancer."

Last June, Kelly underwent surgery to have five implants inserted into the new bone in his upper jaw. He's due to have permanent dentures inserted in September.

Kelly has had two recurrences of cancer since first being diagnosed with the disease in 2013. The first was in 2015, when he underwent surgery in his upper left jaw at ECMC. The second was in early March, leading to the surgery he underwent at New York's Mount Sinai West in mid-March.

During his football camp at St. John Fisher College last week, Kelly said Wednesday's examination was prompted after "something came up," although he did not offer specifics. The checkup, according to Kelly, was scheduled for the second week in August.

“I want to make sure everything is going on for the right reasons," Kelly said at the camp. "I’m not sure what’s going on. There’s some things I want to have looked at. I don’t know if I’m going to be there for two days, four days or in and out. … If there is a little pain here (in a place where) you think there shouldn't be anything, you got to get it checked. Even though I'm blessed to have (the doctor) at ECMC that I go to in Buffalo look and make sure that things are going pretty good, it helps."

Last Wednesday, Kelly received the Jimmy V Award at the ESPYs in Los Angeles.

In her post, Jill Kelly praised her husband's brothers for their help and support.

"And can I just say, Jim’s brothers are amazing! I’ve watched them stand with Jim in good times and bad. I’ve witnessed a love between siblings that is remarkable. What a blessing to be part of such an amazing family.

"Thank you Pat, Ray, Ed, Danny and Kevin for being an example of what a loving, devoted family should look like. Add your humor and faith to the mix and we have everything we need. Love you guys so much!"

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