Country Star Freddy Fender Has Cancer

"I've had a good run," says the singer, who is undergoing chemotherapy

Country music star Freddy Fender has inoperable cancer and is “hoping for a miracle,” according to his wife and manager, Vangie Huerta.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported Wednesday that Fender, a three-time Grammy winner, was told by doctors in June that he had multiple tumors on his lungs.

“I feel very comfortable in my life,” the Texas-based singer told the paper. “I’m one year away from 70 and I’ve had a good run.”

He added, “I really believe I’m okay. In my mind and in my heart, I feel okay. I cannot complain that I haven’t lived long enough, but I’d like to live longer.”

Fender started his career in the late 1950s and had hits with his songs “Before The Next Teardrop Falls,” “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” and “You’ll Lose A Good Thing.” He won his most recent Grammy in 2002, a best Latin pop award for his album La Musica de Baldemar Huerta.

He was first diagnosed with lung cancer in January when doctors were preparing to remove the upper left lobe of his lung because of a fungal infection. Instead, they found two tumors and left the lobe intact while proceeding with chemotherapy, Huerta told the Caller-Times.

That treatment started in late January, but Fender later decided to stop due to its severe side effects. A scan later revealed nine more tumors.

Fender is now resting at his home in Corpus Christi and has resumed chemotherapy at a lower dosage. “We can prolong his life with medication or chemo, but it’s not a cure,” Huerta said.

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