TAMPA, Florida – King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer following a recent hospital procedure for an enlarged prostate, the Buckingham Palace announced on Monday. The palace did not disclose the type or severity of the cancer. The 75-year-old monarch underwent the procedure in November for benign prostate enlargement. The condition, which affects approximately 80% of men over 70, can cause urinary difficulties and other symptoms.
Dr. William Oh, the chief medical officer of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, explained that an enlarged prostate can lead to urinary blockage, prompting the need for a transurethral resection to remove excess tissue. This procedure can also uncover other health issues, including the detection of cancer in nearby areas such as the bladder or urethra.
Dr. Julio Pow-Sang, from Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, noted that it is rare to find cancerous tissue during a procedure for prostate enlargement, with the majority of cases being benign. However, Buckingham Palace confirmed that King Charles III will now undergo regular outpatient treatments for cancer in London.
While the palace assured the public that the King is optimistic about his treatment, the announcement has raised concerns about his ability to carry out his public duties. Charles, known for his philanthropic work and public appearances, will be closely monitored during his treatment. The news of his diagnosis has prompted an outpouring of support from citizens and leaders.