Rhod Gilbert shares update on cancer treatment – and his fundraising goal

Rhod Gilbert shares update on cancer treatment – and his fundraising goal

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Rhod Gilbert has shared an update on his cancer treatment, revealing his fundraising goal in the process.

The comedian, who appeared on Never mind the Buzzcocks And Tyrant, revealed in July last year that he was undergoing treatment for stage four cancer and provided an update on his condition.

Speaking in the Stand Up to Cancer segment at the National Comedy Awards last night (February 17), Rhod detailed his journey to recovery with Velindrea cancer center in his native Wales where he acts as an ambassador.

rhod gilbert on the national comedy awards for his fight against cancer

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“[Velindre] has been a big part of my life for the past 10 years, so imagine my surprise when I was diagnosed with cancer. It pissed me off to no end, because I thought I would have lifelong immunity,” he joked.

“I had to have chemo sessions in a room with pictures of me walking in, smiling to myself […] My care has been impeccable. My facial hair is coming back, my voice is back to normal. My weight and my salivary glands are starting to come back,” he continued.

“My physical recovery goal is to lead the next fundraising trip to Morocco, the highest point in North Africa in the Atlas Mountains. That’s my goal. I’m a bit far from that for the moment, but I feel optimistic and weirdly I feel really happy and really positive – some would say there’s a first time for everything.

rhod gilbert at the sony radio academy awards

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by Rhod the previous update arrived in December, as he revealed, he first noticed bumps on his neck while at a fundraiser in Cuba: “I had a terrible sore throat, tightness in my neck. I had to cancel concerts because I couldn’t breathe. I had all kinds of problems and we couldn’t get to the bottom of it.

“I also caught COVID on that walk,” he added. “I came home with cancer and COVID after a Velindre fundraising hike…the irony of that! I went there as a patron of Velindre and I came back as a patient.

If you would like more information or support about living with cancer or treatment, please Click here for the advice of MacMillan Cancer SupportOr Click here to know more Stand up to cancer And Velindre.

George Lewis is a freelance journalist at Digital Spy.

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