Princess Kate Began Chemotherapy Last Month

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Catherine, the Princess of Wales, has been diagnosed with cancer.

The royal revealed the news in a video statement today, March 22, months after undergoing planned abdominal surgery.

“It has been an incredibly tough couple of months for our entire family, but I’ve had a fantastic medical team who’ve taken great care of me, for which I am so grateful,” she began.

Kate explained that when she had surgery, doctors believed her condition was noncancerous, and that while “the surgery was successful,” testing afterward found evidence of cancer.

See her full video statement here:

The video is the first time Kate has spoken publicly about her condition. In January, Kensington Palace told Harper’s Bazaar it would release information about the princess’s health only when necessary. Bazaar also learned, in February, from a source close to the situation, that Kate was in good spirits and “making good progress.”

Below, everything we know about the Princess of Wales’s condition, from her treatment plan, to her current state and more.

What kind of cancer does Kate have?

The princess has not revealed what type of cancer she has, but simply that it was found after she underwent abdominal surgery in January.

What treatment is she getting?

Kate is undergoing chemotherapy, and has been since February, Bazaar learned today.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “The princess is now on a recovery pathway having commenced a course of preventative chemotherapy in late February.”

She said in her video message that because doctors found there had been cancer cells in her body ahead of her surgery, her medical team “therefore advised that I should undergo a course of preventative chemotherapy, and I am now in the early stages of that treatment.”

How is she feeling?

Kate said that while her diagnosis “came as a huge shock,” she and William and have been “doing everything we can to process and manage this privately for the sake of our young family.”

“As you can imagine, this has taken time. It has taken me time to recover from major surgery in order to start my treatment. But most importantly, it has taken us time to explain everything to George, Charlotte, and Louis in a way that is appropriate for them, and to reassure them that I’m going to be okay,” she said.

All in all, however, Kate said she is doing well.

“As I’ve said to [the children], I am well, and getting stronger every day by focusing on the things that will help me heal, in my mind, body, and spirits. Having William by my side is a great source of comfort and reassurance, too, as is the love, support, and kindness that has been shown by so many of you. It means so much to us both.”

Will she be okay?

According to Kate, her medical team suggested chemotherapy treatment as a purely preventative measure, as the surgery to address the issue with her abdomen was successful. Therefore, she expects to make a full recovery soon.

“We hope that you’ll understand that, as a family, we now need some time, space, and privacy while I complete my treatment,” Kate said. “My work has always brought me a deep sense of joy, and I look forward to being back when I’m able.”

A palace source also confirmed to Bazaar that we won’t see Kate and the family at next weekend’s Easter Sunday service. They said: “The Princess will return to official duties when she is cleared to do so by her medical team. She is in good spirits and is focused on making a full recovery.” For his part, William “will continue to balance supporting his wife and family and maintaining his official duties as he has done since the start of the year.”

King Charles is also privately battling cancer, and reportedly in good spirits.

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