BRANSON, MO. (AP) _ Andy Williams is considering surgery to remove a node on his vocal chords that has forced him to cancel the November run of his popular Christmas shows.

Williams, 71, announced last month that acute laryngitis was forcing him to cancel a month of shows for the first time in his 63-year singing career.

During a checkup this week at the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, doctors suggested surgery to remove the node, but said it's possible that the swelling could go down naturally, publicist Paul Shefrin said Tuesday.

Shefrin said there was no sign of cancer. Williams is expected to regain his voice.

Williams will get a second opinion from doctors in Los Angeles next week and decide then whether to have surgery. Surgery would almost certainly mean further cancellations, Shefrin said.

Williams had hoped to return to the stage Dec. 3 at the Moon River Theater in Branson. Pat and Debby Boone, the father-daughter duo, will fill in for him.