Comedian Rhod Gilbert has revealed today that he has cancer after years of raising funds for those with the disease.
The 54-year-old said that he is being treated for an unspecified type of cancer at the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff in a statement posted to Facebook.
He wrote: "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."
The comedian went on to thank everyone who has supported him in his battle with cancer so far and explained that he is taking time out to focus on his recovery.
He wrote: "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. Rhod x".
Gilbert's original post was flooded with messages of support, with one fan writing: "Rhod sending you armfuls of get well wishes and hope you make a steady recovery. For now gentle hugs my friend [sic]."
"Wishing you a speedy recovery Rhod," added a second. "Sending love and hugs from Cornwall. Very much looking forward to seeing you back up on the stage."
"Wishing you lots of love and strength for your treatment ahead," wrote a third. "Hope you make a speedy recovery and get a new stage show out of the experience!! xxx".
As reported by the BBC, Gilbert paused his Book of John tour last week and cancelled various shows because of problems with his throat and neck.
He said at the time: "As many of you will know, I've been struggling with pain in my neck and throat over the past few months. I've been receiving treatment, and have continued to tour where possible.
"I had sincerely hoped to go ahead with all dates as scheduled, but I'm afraid that is not going to be possible. I am due to have surgery next week and will be hanging up my boots for a while whilst I recuperate."
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