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Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, has revealed she is suffering from cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy.

In a video announcement Friday, she did not specify what type of cancer she had or reveal details of her treatment.

Kate underwent what was described as an abdominal operation on January 16. The news wasn’t announced until the next day, when Kensington Palace revealed that Kate was recovering from a planned operation.

At the time, authorities said her condition was not cancerous, but did not specify what type of operation it was, saying only that it was successful.

During the video announcement on Friday, Kate said: “Tests after surgery revealed the presence of cancer” and that she was in the early stages of treatment.

The Kensington Palace statement said Kate discovered the cancer after post-surgery tests.

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Kate Middleton announces cancer diagnosis in moving video

Although it is rare to discover cancer after surgery for a non-cancerous problem, it occurs in about four percent of these surgeries, said Dr. Yuman Fong, a surgeon at the City of Hope Cancer Center in California. from South.

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“That 4 percent figure represents a person going to the operating room for an illness considered benign,” such as a procedure to remove the gallbladder or ovarian cysts, Fong said.

Is it unusual to discover cancer in someone so young?

Yes, cancer is rare in young adults.

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But in developed countries, rates of some cancers are increasing among young adults.

Kate is 42 years old.

“We hate that young people get cancer, but at the same time, they are the ones who recover the best from it,” Fong said.

What type of treatment is Kate undergoing?

The Palace statement said no details would be provided about her cancer or her treatment, other than that she began it in late February.

“We will not share any other private medical information. The princess has the right to medical confidentiality, like all of us,” the press release said.

After successful surgery, chemotherapy is often used to help kill any stray cancer cells and prevent the cancer from recurring. Treatments have evolved, and when chemotherapy is used today, it is sometimes for shorter periods or at lower doses than before.

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What are the side effects of chemotherapy?

Fatigue, nausea, tingling hands and feet and sometimes hair loss are side effects of chemotherapy, said Dr. Monica Avila of Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

But there are medications to improve these side effects. And cold caps that cool the scalp can prevent hair loss, Avila said.

“It can take anywhere from a few weeks to a month or two for a patient to recover from these effects,” Avila said. Numbness and tingling may take longer to go away, she said.

So how long could the Princess’s treatments last?

The palace statement said it will be up to his doctors to decide.

“The princess is now on the road to recovery,” the statement said.

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