Rhod Gilbert has been forced to postpone several comedy shows to allow for surgery following his cancer treatment.
In July, the Welsh comedian announced he would “be gone for a while” after announcing his diagnosis. He was treated at Velindre Cancer Center in Cardiff.
Weeks after updating his fans about his condition and saying he was feeling “fine”, Gilbert has now revealed he will need surgery in early 2023 as he suffers from gallstones and recurring gallbladder infections.
Unfortunately, this coincides with seven of his tour dates, meaning he’ll be pushing them into the summer.
The comedian told his fans on Facebook: “Thank you again for all your kind words and support. As you probably know, I’m recovering well from my cancer treatment and can’t wait to get back to work next year. Happy Days.”
“Less happier days, I’ve been hit with another curveball in the form of gallstones and recurring gallbladder infections kicking like a donkey and needing hospital treatment.”
He continued: “I am having surgery to remove the offending gallbladder and this is scheduled for early in the new year.
“So I hate doing this, but I have to reschedule my tour shows in January.
“I really can’t wait to get back on stage but on doctor’s advice I have to wait a little longer and we’re rescheduling the remaining 7 shows.”
Prior to his diagnosis, Gilbert was a patron at Velindre Cancer Centre, where he has now undergone surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
The comedian previously said he “never thought” he would be a patient there, having supported her work for years, but added he knew he was “in the best possible hands.”
A regular guest on shows such as would i lie to you, QI and Mock the weekGilbert also hosted the final series of Never mind the buzzcocks in 2015.
Gilbert thanked “each and every one of you for your continued patience,” adding, “Rest assured, the show WILL go on.”
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https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/comedy/news/rhod-gilbert-cancer-comedy-postpone-b2248689.html Rhod Gilbert assures fans he’s “recovering well” after being diagnosed with cancer, although he will need surgery