King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer after undergoing surgery last week to treat an enlarged prostate, Buckingham Palace announced on Jan. 5.
Doctors identified the cancer during the procedure and have now started the monarch on a schedule of regular treatments.
While concerning, the palace emphasized the King’s positive prognosis thanks to the early detection and quick medical response.
King Charles has cancer
The palace said the 75-year-old King was admitted to the London Clinic last week to treat benign prostate enlargement.
During this procedure, doctors noted a separate issue of concern and conducted further tests. These diagnostic tests revealed a form of cancer.
Doctors have advised King Charles to postpone public duties during his cancer treatments.
However, he will continue performing state business and paperwork as normal throughout this period.
“His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties. Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual.”
The palace statement expressed the King’s gratitude to his medical team for their swift response, made possible by detecting the cancer during the initial prostate procedure.
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Despite the diagnosis, he remains wholly positive about his treatment and aims to return to a full schedule soon.
King Charles opted to publicize his condition to preclude speculation and help others dealing with cancer understand their situations.
The palace said the king hoped opening up would assist global public understanding surrounding the disease.
The cancer diagnosis follows the admission of Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales for abdominal surgery last month.
Prince William also temporarily reduced engagements to support his family. However, he resumes public duties this week.
The palace said King Charles appreciated the well-wishes he received during his recent hospital visit.
The public can likely expect further updates once his treatment regimen progresses.
For now, the monarch faces this challenge with positivity, prepared to defeat cancer with world-class medical care.