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Carmarthen comedian Rhod Gilbert announces cancer diagnosis

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Comedian and TV presenter, Rhod Gilbert has revealed that he is being treated for cancer.

The Carmarthen-born funnyman had cancelled a number of shows as part of his Book of John tour, including at Swansea Arena, due to problems with his throat.

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Rhod posted a picture of himself in hospital on facebook (Image: Rhod Gilbert / Facebook)

The 53 year-old said in a facebook post that he was being treated in Velindre Cancer Centre, a hospital that he is a patron and has fundraised for.

Rhod said: ” 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.”

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Rhod is a patron of Velindre Cancer Centre and has fundraised extensively for the hospital (Image: Rhod Gilbert / Facebook)

On their own facebook page, Velindre Cancer Centre said: “For over 10 years, Patron Rhod Gilbert has provided exceptional support for Velindre Cancer Charity and has always been an advocate for the passionate efforts of our Velindre Cancer Centre staff, donors and fundraisers.

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

(Lead image: BBC)

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