King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer following a procedure for an enlarged prostate, as announced by Buckingham Palace. The specific type of cancer has not been disclosed, and it is not prostate cancer. The palace stated that the King, aged 75, is undergoing regular outpatient treatments in London.
The initial procedure for benign prostate enlargement revealed the presence of cancer. Procedures like transurethral resection, commonly used for enlarged prostates, involve a scope that can detect cancer in nearby areas, such as the bladder or urethra. The palace did not specify the exact procedure Charles underwent.
The King remains positive about his treatment and anticipates returning to full public duty soon. His sons, Prince Charles and Prince Harry, have been informed, with Prince Harry planning to travel to the UK. While public events will be paused, the King will continue constitutional duties, including meetings with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
The constitutional mechanism allows for “counsellors of state” in the absence of the head of state, which currently includes Queen Camilla, Prince William, the Princess Royal, and Prince Edward.
King Charles had publicly shared his prostate treatment to raise awareness and encourage others to undergo prostate checks. His openness about the cancer diagnosis is in line with his advocacy for cancer-related causes during his time as Prince of Wales.
Leaders, including Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and US President Joe Biden, have expressed well-wishes for the King’s recovery. The impact on scheduled tours to Canada and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is yet to be confirmed by the palace.