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Buckingham Palace's complete statement regarding King Charles cancer diagnosis
The nature of the cancer is unknown; however, it was found during his most recent treatment for an enlarged prostate and is not prostate cancer.
According to the Palace, the King started “regular treatments” on Monday and would abstain from public obligations during that time.
The 75-year-old Monarch “remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible,” said the statement.
The prognosis and cancer stage are not being disclosed further.
The Prince of Wales was reported to keep in regular communication with his father, and Charles personally told both of his sons of his diagnosis.
Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, who resides in the United States, had a conversation with his father and will soon be visiting the United Kingdom.
The King arrived back in London on Monday morning from Sandringham in Norfolk, and according to the palace, he has begun outpatient therapy.
The King will continue to carry out his constitutional duties as head of state, including paperwork and private meetings, even if he will be suspending his public appearances.
Unless his doctors tell him to reduce such interaction, it is expected that he would continue to hold in-person weekly audiences with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
When the head of state is unable to perform official duties, “counsellors of state” may be appointed to act in the monarch’s place according to a constitutional system.
The cancer diagnosis for King Charles
We’re about to pause our live broadcast, but in the interim, here’s the most recent information we have:
- Buckingham Palace revealed earlier this evening that King Charles is afflicted with a type of cancer.
- The only information provided by the Palace is that it is not prostate cancer.
- When the King was having treatment for a benign prostate enlargement in the hospital, it was discovered.
- The King has started regular treatment and will postpone public obligations, but he is still expected to continue with paperwork and private meetings, according to a statement from the Palace that you can read in full here.
- The King personally informed his close family of his condition, and his youngest son Prince Harry is scheduled to return to the UK in the coming days from California.
- Politicians, religious authorities, and celebrities started expressing their support for King after hearing the news. In a moving letter, US President Joe Biden—who lost his son to cancer—said that receiving a cancer diagnosis requires bravery.
- The head of the British monarchy, the Church of England, has composed a specific prayer for the King’s well-being.
What type of cancer is present in the King?
- The King’s cancer type and treatment location have not been disclosed by the Palace.
- It stated that on Monday, he started a “schedule of regular treatments”.
- According to a statement, “No further details are being shared at this stage, except to confirm that His Majesty does not have prostate cancer.”
Is it connected to his prostate enlargement treatment?
- The 75-year-old King recently underwent treatment for a benign growth of his prostate.
- Following a “corrective procedure” last month, he was admitted to the London Clinic private hospital for three nights.
- The Palace said that the King would postpone his public appearances “to allow for a period of private recuperation” after the treatment.
Currently, Prince Edward, Princess Royal, Prince William, and Queen Camilla are included in that. As non-working royals, Prince Harry and the Duke of York are no longer needed.
In addition, Prince William withdrew from public events for a while to assist his wife, Catherine, the Princess of Wales, in her recuperation following an abdominal surgery that she underwent last month.
The King was spotted on Sunday during a church service at Sandringham. He strolled for almost ten minutes while waving to the assembled people.
More over a week ago, he underwent a prostate operation at a luxury hospital in London.
The Palace said at the time that the procedure was for a “benign” ailment.
“It was during this intervention that a separate issue of concern was noted and subsequently diagnosed as a form of cancer,” it stated on Monday.
The King decided to make his cancer treatment public because, during his time as Prince of Wales, he supported several charities that support cancer research, according to the Palace.
“In this capacity, His Majesty has often spoken publicly in support of cancer patients, their loved ones and the wonderful health professionals who help care for them.”
In an effort to encourage more men to undergo prostate exams, he had also made his prostate treatment publicly known.
According to reports on the NHS website, he was thrilled to have brought attention to the problem, as there has been a rise in complaints regarding prostate disorders.
The public who are eligible for cancer screenings are invited to schedule an appointment by the Royal Society of Medicine, which commended the King for bringing attention to “how cancer is indiscriminate”.
“Please don’t be shy – the more information we have the better to help – hopefully – rule out cancer or, if not, put you on the most suitable treatment pathway,” the organization’s president, Dr. Jay Verma, said.
In the UK, one in two people will experience cancer at some point in their lives.
According to the NHS website, there are more than 200 different forms of cancer; the most prevalent ones in the UK are breast, lung, prostate, and bowel.
The risk of developing several types of cancer rises with age. According to UK data, those 75 years of age and above accounted for more than a third (36%) of all new cancer cases annually on average.
Alongside Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak also wished the King a “full and speedy recovery”.
Speaking to the King, US President Joe Biden conveyed his worries.
“Navigating a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship takes hope and absolute courage,” he later stated in a post on X. Along with the people of the United Kingdom, Jill and I are wishing for His Majesty’s quick and complete recovery.”
2018 also saw the deaths of Mr. Biden’s longtime friend, Republican Senator John McCain, from cancer, and his 46-year-old son, Beau, from brain cancer.
Following the passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in September 2022, Charles succeeded to the throne, and he was crowned the following May.
In May, the King and Queen will travel to Canada; in October, they will visit Australia, New Zealand, and Samoa for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
The King’s return to his full schedule of public engagements has not been specified, and the Palace has not yet confirmed if the excursions will take place.
Cancer: What is it?
When cells in a particular area of the body divide uncontrollably, cancer results.
Malignancy that has spread to other tissues within the body, including organs, is referred to as metastatic or secondary cancer.
How is cancer diagnosed?
Physicians typically begin by enquiring about your symptoms. They are also capable of doing various exams and tests.
This might involve scans such as X-rays and blood tests. A biopsy is the term for the little tissue sample that is occasionally taken for laboratory testing.
Sometimes, like in the case of the King, cancer is discovered during routine medical examinations for unrelated conditions.
Tests ordered as a result of screening can also identify cancer.
In the UK, screening is available for cervical, bowel, and breast cancer. Cancer screening searches for early indicators of the disease in those who are asymptomatic. Subsequent examinations validate the diagnosis.
Which are the primary cancer treatments?
There are numerous approaches to managing or treating cancer. A lot depends on the cancer’s nature and location.
While chemotherapy medications can be administered intravenously or taken as tablets to kill diseased cells, certain malignancies can be surgically removed.
Another treatment that is occasionally provided is radiotherapy. High-energy radiation is used to attack the malignancy.
But not every treatment is curative.