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Little Jimmy Dickens To Undergo Short-Term Radiation Treatments

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Photo Taken By: Chris Hollo/ 2012 Copyright Grand Ole Opry Photo Taken By: Chris Hollo/ 2012 Copyright Grand Ole Opry

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Grand Ole Opry icon Little Jimmy Dickens will undergo radiation treatments for a pre-cancerous condition on his vocal chords starting next weeks.

The 92-year-old will undergo three weeks of short-term radiation treatments, and his doctors expect him to make a full recovery.

"I can't begin to express my sincere gratitude for the thoughts and prayers that are being sent my way," Dickens said in a statement from his PR firm Tuesday. "My family and I appreciate the support, and I can't wait to return home to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in one of my favorite rhinestone suits someday soon."

Dickens has been absent from the Opry stage for most of 2013, but most recently surprised the audience with an appearance on April 12.

He has been a member of the Opry since 1948, and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983. Some of his most well-known songs are Take An Old Cold Tater (And Wait)," "Country Boy," "Out Behind The Barn," and "May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose."

The Opry has asked friends and fans to send cards and letters to wish Little Jimmy well. The address is:

Jimmy Dickens
c/o Grand Ole Opry House
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

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