Rhod Gilbert says he’s ‘positive and optimistic’ after stage four cancer diagnosis

Rhod Gilbert in 2012

Rhod Gilbert in 2012

Actor Rhode Gilbert gave an update on his health after announcing earlier this year that he was undergoing treatment for cancer.

In an interview with BBC Radio Wales, the former Never mind the Buzzcocks the host spoke candidly about the symptoms he experienced before his diagnosis and revealed that he was told he had stage four cancer.

I had a terrible sore throat, tightness in my neck. I had to cancel shows because I couldn’t breathe,” he explained.

“‘I was having all sorts of issues and we couldn’t get to the bottom of it.”

Earlier this year, Rhod took part in a charity walk in Cuba to raise money for the same organization that now provides him with his own cancer treatment.

Meanwhile, the comic recalled that “bumps started popping up in places they shouldn’t be,” adding, “Turns out I have stage four cancer.”

He joked: ‘I came home with cancer and Covid after a fundraising hike…the irony of that! I went there as a patron of Velindre and I came back as a patient.

Later in the interview, Rhod said the care he is receiving now is “beyond words”, and insisted he “felt happy, positive and optimistic” about the future. .

“I feel good and I feel like I’m recovering day by day,” he said.

After undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, as well as surgery, Rhod is now awaiting news on whether his treatment was effective.

Rhod previously said of his diagnosis in July: “As a proud patron of Velindre Cancer Center, I have traveled the world, hosted chaotic quizzes and star-studded comedy nights.

“I have met and befriended so many inspiring staff, patients and their families. It’s been a big part of my life for 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 amazing.

“I wouldn’t wish this 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.”

The Welsh artist is known for his appearances on shows like Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.

After impressing during a guest spot on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, he took over as permanent host of his final BBC series in 2014, then directed Rhod Gilbert’s Growing Pains on Comedy Central.


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