Rhod Gilbert issues update on stage 4 cancer diagnosis after putting work plans on hold



Rhod Gilbert has told fans he is feeling "optimistic" about his cancer battle  as he issued an update this week. The 54-year-old is currently on a break from his work commitments but is hoping for a better 2023 so he can "start having fun again". 

Most recently, the comedian announced he was feeling “happy, positive and optimistic.”

"I'm feeling good and feel like I'm recovering day-by-day," he added.

“Some days I'm well enough to do a bit of writing and I've got a feeling when I've got through all this there'll be a show in it.

"The things people say when they find out you've got cancer... people panic. There's a lot of humour in it. 

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"Hopefully I'm going to jot it all down and one day bring it to the stage."

Back in July, the Never Mind The Buzzcocks star revealed that he was undergoing treatment for cancer at Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff.

The comedian sought help after he started to feel ill and noticed lumps appearing on his body during a charity fundraising trek.

After sharing the news, he was swiftly inundated with well wishes from fans who he thanked for their support.

“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.

"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."

“Life is a lot at the moment but we’re getting through it with the help of our wonderful friends and family.”

Since his diagnosis, he has been receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy, as well as undergoing surgery.