The monarch began treatment on Monday after a separate procedure for an enlarged prostate
The King has been diagnosed with an unnamed form of cancer, Buckingham Palace has said.
A statement read: “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.
“His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties. Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake state business and official paperwork as usual.
“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.
“His Majesty has chosen to share his diagnosis to prevent speculation and in the hope it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer.”
Prostate cancer has been ruled out.
The King began experiencing symptoms after Christmas and sought treatment. He was then diagnosed with an enlarged prostate, which was considered benign.
On January 17 Buckingham Palace announced details of the King’s condition, which had forced him to postpone a series of meetings with cabinet ministers and foreign dignitaries. That statement read: “In common with thousands of men each year, the King has sought treatment for an enlarged prostate. His Majesty’s condition is benign and he will attend hospital next week for a corrective procedure. The King’s public engagements will be postponed for a short period of recuperation.”
He was admitted to the London Clinic, a private hospital, on January 26 for treatment and discharged after a three-night stay during which time the Queen was a regular visitor.
After being discharged, he walked out of hospital on January 29 and was seen waving and smiling to well-wishers before getting in a car to be taken back to his home at Clarence House.
The King was last seen on Sunday, when he walked to church on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. Onlookers described the King as walking at his usual brisk pace as he made the quarter-mile journey to St Mary Magdalene Church with the Queen by his side.
It is understood that the cancer diagnosis was made after the prostate treatment.
Story courtesy of The Sunday Times
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