Comedian Rhod Gilbert has announced that he is being treated for cancer and will be “disappearing for a while” to focus on his recovery.

The Welsh stand-up, 53, shared a post on his official Facebook page thanking staff at the Velindre Cancer Center in Cardiff, where he is being treated.

Gilbert said that before his diagnosis he had been a patron of the center for a decade but “never imagined” he would become a patient there.

He has not confirmed the type of cancer he is being treated for.

A regular guest on shows such as Would I Lie to You?, QI and Mock the Week, Gilbert also hosted the final series of Never Mind the Buzzcocks in 2015.

He said: “As a proud patron of the Velindre Cancer Centre, I have traveled the world, put on chaotic quizzes and star-studded comedy nights.

“I have met and befriended so many inspiring staff, patients and their families. It’s been a big part of my life for the past ten years.

“So, even though I never imagined that I would be a patient here, I know better than anyone that I am in good hands. The NHS care I receive is amazing.

“I wouldn’t wish that on anyone…but who knows, maybe I’ll come out on the other side with a new stand-up show and a 40-minute orange squash rant.”

Gilbert thanked his close friends and family for their support “over the past few weeks and months (and years).”

He added: “I’m going to disappear for a while and won’t be commenting anymore, at least not for now, while I focus on my recovery.”

The Velindre Cancer Center said in a statement on its Facebook page: “For more than 10 years, Patron Rhod Gilbert has provided outstanding support to Velindre Cancer Charity and has always been an advocate for the passionate efforts of our staff, donors and Velindre Cancer Center fundraisers.

“Rhod has become a special member of our Velindre family and we are sure you will join us in sending him your best wishes during this time.”

Gilbert married his longtime partner, writer and comedian Sian Harries, in 2013.