Rhod Gilbert has revealed that he has been diagnosed with stage four cancer. The comedian confirmed the news while giving fans an update on his health in a recent interview with BBC Radio Wales.
In July, the Welshman announced he was undergoing treatment for cancer at Cardiff’s Velindre Cancer Centre, a place Rhod Gilbert previously raised money for through his charity work. He told the BBC “I can’t imagine there is a better place in this world to be treated.”
The 54-year-old explained: “I’m feeling good and feel like I’m recovering day-by-day. I had a terribly sore throat, tightness through my neck. I was having to cancel shows because I couldn’t breathe, I was having all sorts of problems and we couldn’t get to the bottom of it. Lumps started popping up in places they shouldn’t be, it turns out I have got stage four cancer.
The Carmarthen-born comedian continued: “I also caught Covid on that walk as well. I came home with cancer and Covid from a Velindre fundraising trek… the irony of that! I went as a Velindre patron and came home as a patient.”
Despite his diagnosis, Rhod has admitted that “there is a lot of humour in it” as he might use his recovery time to work on material for future shows and performances. He said: “Hopefully I am going to jot it all down and one day bring it to the stage.”
Rhod Gilbert has been married to Welsh writer and actor Sian Harries since 2013. The couple have no children, with Rhod previously spearheading BBC One documentary series Stand Up For Infertility which was released in 2021.