Why Did Kensington Palace Say Kate Middleton's Condition Was "Non-Cancerous" in January?

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When Kensington Palace announced Kate Middleton had undergone major abdominal surgery in January, they made it clear that the Princess of Wales's condition was non-cancerous. But this afternoon, the Palace announced that Kate has been diagnosed with cancer, and they will not be sharing the details of her diagnosis.

What changed?

T&C understands that the time of Kate's surgery, her condition was thought to be non-cancerous, and reportedly, no tests had confirmed the presence of cancer. However, post-operative tests subsequently found that cancer had been present. A Kensington Palace spokesperson said the Princess learned she had cancer once "post-operative tests had been completed and results reviewed."

She began preventative chemotherapy in late February, but the Palace will not be providing further details about her treatment, or her initial surgery. "We will not be sharing any further private medical information," a Palace spokesperson said. "The Princess has a right to medical privacy as we all do."

In tandem with the announcement of Kate's cancer diagnosis, she released a video in which she spoke about her health and her family, and also shared what it has been like learning she has cancer.

"In January, I underwent major abdominal surgery in London and at the time, it was thought that my condition was non-cancerous," the Princess said in the video, which was recorded in Windsor earlier this week. "The surgery was successful. However, tests after the operation found cancer had been present. My medical team therefore advised that I should undergo a course of preventative chemotherapy and I am now in the early stages of that treatment. This of course came as a huge shock, and William and I have been doing everything we can to process and manage this privately for the sake of our young family."

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