Merle Haggard is recuperating at a Bakersfield, Calif., hospital after undergoing surgery Monday (Nov. 3) to remove a cancerous growth from his right lung. In August, the 71-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame member told The Californian newspaper in Bakersfield that the growth was discovered in May. He said the tumor was not malignant and that he had no plans to have it removed. In a message on Haggard's official Web site, his wife, Theresa, confirmed the surgery, noting that he is "doing better and better every day." She added, "Merle and I both believe strongly in our Lord Jesus Christ and His healing powers. After all, He is the greatest physician of all. Believing in our prayers to be answered is the key."