Queen's father may have inoperable tumour
18 November 2004AMSTERDAM — Prince Bernhard, the 93-year-old father of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, may have an inoperable tumour, the government's information service (RVD) has announced.
18 November 2004
AMSTERDAM — Prince Bernhard, the 93-year-old father of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, may have an inoperable tumour, the government's information service (RVD) has announced.
While officials stopped short of confirming media reports the growth is cancerous, his condition has been described as "serious" and inoperable.
The prince has been treated on an out-patient basis at the UMC hospital in Utrecht in recent weeks after he complained of breathing difficulties.
He was suffering from moisture in his chest cavity. An examination of the liquid found "cells which could show the spreading of a tumour," the RVD said.
Prince Bernhard is currently at home at Soestdijk Palace and is said to meeting and calling friends and acquaintances as normal. But he has limited his physical exertions because of a lack of energy, the RVD said.
This is the third time the elderly prince has faced cancer. He underwent operations in 1994 to deal with intestinal cancer and he again had surgery in 2000 to remove another cancerous growth.
Born in Jena in Germany in 1911, Bernhard became a Dutch citizen and a member of the Royal Family when he married the former queen, Prince Juliana, who died earlier this year.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news