Rhod Gilbert’s wife heads to A&E amid comic’s stage four cancer battle

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Comedian Rhod Gilbert, 54, confirmed he was undergoing cancer treatment earlier this year. His wife, writer and actor Sian Harries, took to Twitter to explain how shockingly busy A&E had become when the pair went to the hospital yesterday. 

Early yesterday morning, Sian tweeted: “A&E absolutely rammed with people with hacking coughs.

“We were only ones there wearing masks. I just don’t get it,” she added. (sic)

Her tweet comes just weeks after Rhod provided an update on his health.

The stand-up comedian explained recently how he discovered he had Stage 4 cancer.

“I had a terribly sore throat, tightness through my neck,” he recalled. “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,” Rhod added. 

The comic is currently receiving treatment at the Velindre Cancer Hospital in Cardiff.

So far, the star has undergone surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, but told the BBC he is unsure whether the treatment has worked yet. 

“It turns out I’ve got Stage 4 cancer,” he revealed. “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.”

“I’m feeling good and feel like I’m recovering day-by-day,” he added.

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“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.”

Meanwhile, Rhod is an award-winning Welsh comedian and TV presenter.

He has appeared on a variety of TV and radio panel shows, performed stand-up on the Royal Variety Performance, and hosted a weekly show on BBC Radio Wales.

He took over as the host of BBC Two panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks in 2014, holding the role for one year before the show was cancelled in 2015. 

He has also made memorable appearances on panel shows such as Would I Lie to You?, QI and Mock the Week, and has hosted three episodes of Have I Got News For You.

Rhod has been married to his wife Sian, who has written for both television and radio, since 2013.

Sian co-wrote both Greg Davies’s Man Down for Channel 4 and the 2018 sitcom, The Tourist Trap, starring Sally Phillips, for the BBC.

The Welsh talent also co-writes and stars in her own S4C sketch show, O’r Diwedd, and was named “one to watch” by the Edinburgh TV festival in 2021.

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