Memorial service for country singer Ray Price to be held in Mt. Pleasant

Country Singer Ray Price succumbs to pancreatic cancer

UPDATE: A memorial service is scheduled for Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price in East Texas.

The service will take place Saturday, December 21 at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant.

TYLER (KTYX) - The world of country music is saying goodbye to a legend. Ray Price passed away after a two year battle with pancreatic cancer.

CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey spoke to a close friend, and shares information on where pancreatic cancer treatment stands.

Price's close friend and disk jockey Tom Perryman has been collecting pictures and newspaper clippings of his friend. Price for the past seven decades, has been providing the world with good old fashion music, people that know his say, his mark on music will forever stay.

Perryman has known price since the golden years of country music.

"To me and to the people that loved him he was an icon in music," Perryman said.

For over half a century, Price's hits have been hitting the airwaves.

"He hung on longer than anyone with pancreatic cancer," said Perryman.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive and hard to treat cancers.

"Unfortunately the incidents and mortality are almost the same, there are a few patients that have been cured," said oncologist Dr. Donald Richards.

He said, unlike most other cancers, the screening process is limited.

"What we're trying to do is build on the improvements we already have."

Dr. Richards is leading clinical studies for pancreatic cancer treatment. Steven Cole has pancreatic cancer, he's been using some of the clinical treatments.

Cole said referring to having cancer, " It's not that scary, you treat it, if it works it works."

His current treatment consists of 48 hour stints of chemo therapy each week.

"I was down to 116 pounds, I'm now 152," he said.

Dr. Richards said, based on the treatment improvements, a day may come when no one has to worry about pancreatic cancer.


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