Rhod Gilbert updates fans after cancer treatment and is feeling 'optimistic'
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Comedian Rhod Gilbert has provided an update to his fans after cancer treatment and has said that he feels 'optimistic'.
Gilbert has now provided a new update to fans about his progress, detailing the treatment he has been receiving.
On Thursday (15 December), he posted to Facebook and revealed that he has big career plans for 2023.
He said: "Huge thanks to everyone who has been in touch; reading all your messages of support has been a welcome distraction and given me a real lift.
"There has been a lot of stuff in the press recently, so I thought I would clear up any confusion; my cancer diagnosis happened earlier this year (it’s not a new development).
"I have since had surgery, radiotherapy and chemo at Velindre Cancer Centre and UHW, Cardiff.
"Thanks to their tireless dedication and incredible care, and lots of wonderful support from friends, family and you lot, I am recovering well, laughing a lot and feeling happy and positive; we are all optimistic that I will come through this."
"I am making plans for 2023, so watch this space for info on the comedy stuff; there have been a lot of laughs in odd places, so I am not going to be short of material."
"Until then, thanks again for your kindness and support."
Back in July, Gilbert revealed he was receiving treatment at Velindre Cancer Hospital Centre in Cardiff after feeling 'terribly poorly'.
He previously raised money for the Velindre by climbing Kilimanjaro in 2013.
His most recent Facebook announcement comes after Gilbert spoke to BBC Radio Wales on how he recorded his show in Cardiff's Millennium Centre at the start of April.
He said: "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.
"In May, I noticed lumps started popping up in places they shouldn't be. It turns out I've got Stage 4 cancer."
"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."