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What we currently know about Kate Middleton’s cancer diagnosis

Kate Middleton shared her cancer diagnosis in an unexpected video statement last night.

The Princess of Wales said the news came as a “huge shock” to her and her family.

Kate has spent the last few months out of the public eye after undergoing planned abdominal surgery that was initially thought to be unrelated to cancer.

Here’s a look at what is currently publicly known about her condition.

When and how did Kate find out she had cancer?

When she scheduled abdominal surgery at a private facility – the London Clinic – on January 16, Kensington Palace said her condition was “not cancer-related”.

News of the surgery was announced the day after the operation. The palace simply said it was successful, but gave no further details.

In Friday’s video, Kate said that “post-surgery tests revealed that cancer was present” and that she was now in the early stages of preventive chemotherapy.

Dr. Yuman Fong, a surgeon at the City of Hope Cancer Center in Southern California, said Associated Press In about 4% of procedures, cancer may be discovered after surgery for a non-cancerous problem.

According to Fong, a patient may undergo surgery related to a supposedly benign disease, such as removal of the gallbladder or an ovarian cyst, when cancer is detected.

It is common for tissue removed during surgery to be subsequently analyzed in a laboratory. Other diseases can be detected.

A still image of the Princess of Wales, provided by BBC Studios, in the video in which she announced the news.
A still image of the Princess of Wales, provided by BBC Studios, in the video in which she announced the news.

BBC STUDIOS/THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES

What is cancer and how common is it?

The NHS says: “Cancer is a disease in which cells in a certain part of the body grow and multiply uncontrollably. The cancer cells can invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue, including organs.”

Sometimes cancer can spread throughout the body – this is called secondary or metastatic cancer.

One in two people in the UK will develop cancer during their lifetime.

There are more than 200 different types, and each is diagnosed and treated differently.

Anyone can get cancer, but the risk increases with age—more cases occur in people age 50 and older—as there is more time for cell damage to accumulate.

However, cancer diagnosis rates are increasing among younger people in developed countries. according to medical research. Kate is 42.

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

According to Cancer Research UK, cancer survival rates have doubled in the last 50 years.

There are large differences in survival between cancer types. Fifty percent survive cancer for ten or more yearsaccording to 2010-11 Cancer Research data.

What type of cancer was Kate diagnosed with?

Kate didn’t reveal this and neither did the palace.

This is unlikely to happen any time soon, especially since the Princess of Wales has already revealed so many details about her health.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “We will not be sharing any further private medical information. The Princess, like all of us, has a right to medical privacy.”

What treatment does the Princess of Wales receive?

Kate said in her statement that her team had advised her to start “preventative chemotherapy” at the end of February.

She is now in the early stages of this treatment.

Chemotherapy is an umbrella term for drugs – administered via drip or pill – with the aim of killing cancer cells.

It is intended to prevent the risk of cancer recurrence, although the amount required and frequency of administration depend on the cancer.

According to the NHS Website: Chemotherapy can have some serious side effects, although “many of these can be treated or prevented and most disappear once treatment is stopped.”

Not everyone has the same side effects, however some common ones are: Anemia, infections, loss of appetite, fatigue, nausea and hair loss.

Dr. Monica Avila from Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, AP said: “It can take anywhere from a few weeks to a month or two for a patient to recover from these effects.”

When will Kate come back into the public eye?

The palace did not reveal a specific timeline for Kate’s treatment, nor the advice of her medical team who will decide when.

But royal officials appear confident that Kate will recover.

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

In her video statement, Kate said she took the time to reveal her diagnosis to the public because she first wanted to reassure her three children – aged 10 and under – that she would be “fine.”

“As I told them, I am doing well and getting stronger every day by focusing on the things that help me heal mentally, physically and spiritually,” Kate said.

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