Andy Williams Has Bladder Cancer
11/06/2011 AT 03:30 PM EST
"I do have cancer of the bladder,” Williams, 83, said, according to the Branson Tri-Lakes News. "But that is no longer a death sentence. People with cancer are getting through this thing. They’re kicking it, and they're winning more and more every year. And I'm going to be one of them."
Answered with an enthusiastic round of applause from the crowd, Williams thanked everyone for being there during his "time of need."
"I really have missed this an awful lot," he said. "I'll be coming back here next year, in September and October. I'm going to do the shows I've planned to do."
2012 will mark Williams's 75th year in the entertainment industry.