Rhod Gilbert says he's being treated at cancer hospital: 'I never imagined I'd be a patient here'

Rhod Gilbert, 53, has announced that he is receiving treatment at a cancer hospital

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The comedian opened up on social media as he confirmed he is now a patient at a hospital he is a patron of.

Announcing the news on Facebook, he said he is being treated at Cardiff's Velindre Cancer Centre.

He wrote: "I know better than anyone that I am in the best possible hands.

"As a proud patron of Velindre Cancer Centre, I've trekked the world, hosted chaotic quizzes and star-studded comedy nights.

Rhod Gilbert is being treated for cancer
Rhod Gilbert is being treated for cancer

"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."

Gilbert's announcement comes after a string of dates were postponed last week: in Swansea, Hereford, Yeovil and Truro.

He said he was working to reschedule shows for 2023.

Rhod GIlbert says he'll be 'disappearing for a while'
Rhod GIlbert says he'll be 'disappearing for a while'

The comedian continued: "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."

Gilbert married his long-term partner, writer and comedian Sian Harries, in 2013.