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What We Currently Know About Kate Middleton’s Cancer Diagnosis – National | Globalnews.ca

Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, has revealed that she has cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy.

In a video announcement Friday, she did not say what type of cancer it was or reveal details of her treatment.

Kate had a so-called abdominal operation on January 16th. The news wasn’t revealed until the next day, when Kensington Palace announced that Kate was recovering from planned surgery.

At the time, officials said her condition was non-cancerous but did not disclose the nature of the surgery, saying only that it was successful.

During the video announcement on Friday, Kate said: “Post-surgery tests revealed that cancer was present” and that she was in the early stages of treatment.

The Kensington Palace statement said Kate found out about the cancer after post-operative tests were carried out.

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While it is rare to find cancer after surgery for a non-cancerous problem, it occurs in about four percent of these surgeries, Dr. Yuman Fong, a surgeon at the City of Hope Cancer Center in Southern California.

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“That four percent number represents someone going into the operating room for a seemingly benign illness,” such as surgery to remove the gallbladder or ovarian cysts, Fong said.

Is it unusual to find cancer in someone so young?

Yes, cancer is rare in young adults.

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But in developed countries, rates of some cancers are rising among younger adults.

Kate is 42.

“We hate it when young people get cancer, but at the same time they are the ones who recover best,” Fong said.

What kind of treatment does Kate receive?

The palace statement said no details about her cancer or her treatment would be released, other than that it began in late February.

“We will not share any further private medical information. “The Princess, like all of us, has a right to medical privacy,” the statement said.

After successful surgery, chemotherapy is often used to kill stray cancer cells and prevent the cancer from coming back. Treatment options have evolved and when chemotherapy is used today, it is sometimes for shorter periods of time or at lower doses than before.

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What side effects can chemotherapy have?

Fatigue, nausea, tingling in the hands and feet and sometimes hair loss are side effects of chemotherapy, said Dr. Monica Avila from Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

However, there are medications to relieve these side effects. And cooling caps that cool the scalp can prevent hair loss, Avila said.

“It can take anywhere from a few weeks to a month or two for a patient to recover from these effects,” Avila said. Numbness and tingling may take longer to go away, she said.

How long might the princess’ treatments last?

The palace statement said this was a matter for her doctors.

“The Princess is now on the road to recovery,” the statement said.

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