Rhod Gilbert receives treatment at the cancer hospital he has supported for over 10 years | Ents & Arts News



Comedian Rhod Gilbert has announced that he is receiving treatment at a cancer hospital he has supported for more than 10 years.

The 53-year-old Welsh star shared the news on Facebook a week after postponing the final shows of his current tour.

Gilbert, who has appeared in comedy TV series such as Mock The Week, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Taskmaster and presented Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Rhod Gilbert’s Growing Pains and his own BBC Radio Wales show, said he was being treated at Velindre Cancer Center in Cardiff and will take time to focus on his recovery.

“As a proud patron of the Velindre Cancer Center, I’ve traveled the world, hosted chaotic quizzes and star-studded comedy nights,” he said. “I have met and befriended so many inspiring staff, patients and their families. This has been a big part of my life over the past ten years.

“So although I never imagined that I would be a patient here, I know better than anyone that I am in good hands. The NHS care I receive is incredible.

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

Gilbert added: “Thank you all for your support over the last few weeks and months (and years). I’m going to disappear for a while and won’t be commenting anymore, at least not for now, while I concentrate. on my recovery.”

Rhod Gilbert pictured November 2021. Photo: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Photo: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock

The comedian did not specify what type of cancer he was receiving treatment for.

Ahead of a concert at De Montfort Hall in Leicester on July 9, he announced that it would be the last of his Book Of John tour and that he was postponing subsequent shows after suffering neck and throat pain for several months.

In this Facebook post, he wrote: “As many of you know, I have had pain in my neck and throat for the past few months. I received treatment and continued to rotate as much as possible.

“I sincerely hoped to meet all the dates, but I’m afraid that won’t be possible. I have surgery next week and will be hanging up my boots for a while while I recover.”

Gilbert apologized and said work was underway to reschedule the remaining shows to early 2023.

He added: “I know how frustrating it is. We don’t make these decisions lightly and we’re so sorry for any inconvenience. Thank you all – and all the wonderful venues and staff, for your patience and understanding.”

The Velindre Cancer Center shared the comedian’s post and said, “For more than 10 years, Patron Rhod Gilbert has provided outstanding support to Velindre Cancer Charity and has always championed the passionate efforts of our staff, donors and supporters. our Velindre Cancer Center fundraisers.

Rhod Gilbert is receiving treatment at the Velindre Cancer Center in Cardiff.  Photo: Rhod Gilbert/Facebook
Photo: Rhod Gilbert/Facebook

“Rhod has become a special member of our Velindre family and we are sure you will join us in sending him your best wishes during this time.”

A post about Gilbert’s fundraising efforts on the charity’s fundraising page said he had helped raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for the organization over the years.

The star married her longtime partner, writer and comedian Sian Harries, in 2013.


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