King Charles thanks wellwishers for ‘kind thoughts’ after cancer diagnosis

The King has declined to specify the particular cancer he is battling or any details about how far it has advanced.

The King has declined to specify the particular cancer he is battling or any details about how far it has advanced.

Cancer-stricken King Charles has thanked his subjects and wellwishers from all over the world for their support and encouragement as he embarks on his battle against an unspecified cancer.

The British monarch said it was “equally heartening” to hear how sharing his diagnosis has helped to promote public understanding of cancer.

In a message to the public, Charles, 75, said:

“I would like to express my most heartfelt thanks for the many messages of support and good wishes I have received in recent days. 

“As all those who have been affected by cancer will know, such kind thoughts are the greatest comfort and encouragement.

“It is equally heartening to hear how sharing my own diagnosis has helped promote public understanding and shine a light on the work of all those organisations which support cancer patients and their families across the UK and wider world. 

“My lifelong admiration for their tireless care and dedication is all the greater as a result of my own personal experience. 

“Charles R.” 

The King was diagnosed after a “separate issue of concern was noted” and was investigated while he was being treated for his benign enlarged prostate.

Buckingham Palace confirmed the King, who only acceded to the throne 17 months ago, does not have prostate cancer, saying only that he has a “form of cancer”.

The Palace has called for the King’s privacy to be respected, especially during his treatment, but said he wanted to make his diagnosis public because of his long-running support for cancer charities.

Medical professionals from different groups have commended the King’s candour over his health.

Cancer checks surge

Chiara De Biase, director of support and influencing at Prostate Cancer UK, highlighted a 500 per cent increase in people coming to the charity’s website for information and support in the week following the King’s announcement of his enlarged prostate condition in January.

The King was seen in public for the first time since his cancer diagnosis on Tuesday as he left Clarence House the day after starting his treatment, following a brief reunion with the Duke of Sussex.

Charles has postponed all public duties, but is continuing with behind-the-scenes work on his red boxes of state papers.

The Prince of Wales may step in to represent his father at an event, but no engagements are scheduled at the moment and the royal palaces will make arrangements if the need arises.

The King’s illness coincided with a hospital stay by the Princess of Wales, who underwent planned abdominal surgery.


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