Inside the Diagnosis: Theories on Kate Middleton’s Cancer

Bikram Karki

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, battles cancer with courage. Speculations: Colon or gynecological cancer. Hope for good prognosis with treatment.

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, announced that she has cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy treatment. While she did not disclose the specific type of cancer she has, some experts have offered theories based on available information.

Dr. Marc Siegel, a clinical professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, shared some hypotheses based on discussions with other cancer doctors. Here are some theories mentioned:

Colon Cancer

One theory is that Kate Middleton may have colon cancer. This speculation stems from the fact that she reportedly had major abdominal surgery, which could have included a bowel resection for Crohn’s disease. Inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s increase the risk of colon or bowel cancer.

Gynecological Cancer

Another possibility mentioned is gynecological cancer. The surgery could have been related to a hysterectomy, and Middleton might have had ovarian, uterine, or cervical cancer that was localized and removed. However, the absence of hair loss, which is common with Taxol treatment for these types of cancers, goes against this theory.

Treatment Speculation

Chemotherapy for colon or bowel cancer might include medications like Oxaliplatin (intravenous) and Xeloda (oral) for several weeks. The type of surgery and chemotherapy mentioned could explain the recovery time and the term “preventative chemotherapy” used by Kate Middleton.

Expert Opinions

Dr. Siegel mentioned that he has spoken with several experts, including oncologists and colorectal surgeons, who believe Kate Middleton likely had either early-stage colon or bowel cancer that was surgically removed and cured, or ovarian/uterine cancer. He expressed hope for a good prognosis, stating that early-stage cancer is increasingly curable.

Privacy and Compassion

Dr. Siegel emphasized the importance of respecting Middleton’s privacy and showing compassion, especially considering her young age and children. He mentioned that the term “preventative” in Middleton’s announcement suggests the cancer was completely removed, and chemotherapy is being used to reduce the chances of recurrence.

Kate Middleton reveals she has cancer and is getting chemotherapy.
Kate Middleton reveals she has cancer and is getting chemotherapy. (Image Source: People)

In her video message, Middleton mentioned that after her abdominal surgery, doctors initially thought her condition was non-cancerous. However, further testing revealed the need for preventative chemotherapy.

Ultimately, the specific type of cancer remains undisclosed, as Middleton has the right to keep her medical details private. The focus is on her treatment and wishing her the best in her recovery.