Rhod Gilbert undergoing treatment for cancer as he thanks NHS staff

Rhod Gilbert has revealed he is undergoing treatment for cancer, as he thanked the ‘inspirational’ NHS staff looking after him.

The comedian, 53, shared photos from the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff on Facebook and wrote: ‘As a proud patron of Velindre Cancer Centre, I’ve trekked the world, hosted chaotic quizzes and star-studded comedy nights.

‘I’ve met and made friends with so many inspirational staff, patients and their families. It has been a huge part of my life for the last ten years.

‘So while I never imagined that I would be a patient here, I know better than anyone that I am in the best possible hands. The NHS care I’m receiving is incredible.

‘I wouldn’t wish this on anyone…but who knows, maybe I’ll come out the other end with a new stand-up show and a 40 minute rant about orange squash.

‘Thank you everyone for your support over the last few weeks and months (and years). I’ll be disappearing for a while and won’t be commenting further, at least not for now, whilst I focus on my recovery.

‘Rhod x’.



Fans have sent plenty of well-wishes to Rhod for his recovery.

The Welsh comedian is known for his iconic stand-up including his specials The Award-Winning Mince Pie, The Cat That Looked Like Nicholas Lyndhurst, and The Man with the Flaming Battenberg Tattoo, as well as presenting Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

He’s appeared on Taskmaster, and had his own show, Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience, on BBC One Wales. He’s also made various appearances on BBC Radio Wales.

Rhod’s been married to writer and actress Sian Harries since 2013.

Macmillan cancer support

If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with cancer, Macmillan can offer support and information.

You can contact their helpline on 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week from 8am to 8pm), use their webchat service, or visit their site for more information.

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