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King Charles diagnosed with cancer following prostate treatment

He has started cancer treatment and will postpone public duties at this time, per advice from his doctors.

Published: February 5, 2024 1:06pm

Updated: February 5, 2024 1:34pm

King Charles III was diagnosed with cancer, which was discovered while he was being treated for prostate issues, Buckingham Palace said Monday.

"During The King's recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted. Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer," the palace said. 

Charles, 75, started cancer treatment on Monday and his doctors advised him to postpone public duties at this time, but the monarch of the United Kingdom will continue to conduct official business as usual, officials said. 

Prince Harry reportedly spoke with his father about the diagnosis and is flying back to the United Kingdom to see him, according to ITV News and GB News.

"The King is grateful to his medical team for their swift intervention, which was made possible thanks to his recent hospital procedure. He remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible," the palace also said. 

Charles left the hospital last week after spending three nights there following his treatment for an enlarged prostate.

The palace did not specify what form of cancer Charles was diagnosed with nor the stage it is in. 

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