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CANCER BLOW The Wanted’s Tom Parker, 32, has terminal brain tumour and is fighting for his life

CANCER BLOW The Wanted’s Tom Parker, 32, has terminal brain tumour and is fighting for his life

 THE Wanted's Tom Parker has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

The devastated singer, 32, who is a father to a 15-month-old daughter and has another baby on the way, has stage 4 glioblastoma.

Tom Parker has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour
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Tom Parker has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour

In an interview with OK! Magazine, the emotional star said: "I’m still in complete shock, it’s so much to take in."

The star is being supported by his Wanted bandmates including Max George and Jay McGuinness, who today told him: "We love you."

Tom's wife Kelsey, who is 36 weeks pregnant, said: "It has been a crazy six weeks. We had an inkling that something was wrong in July, but we never could have imagined it was this."

Tom said the diagnosis didn't feel real and added: "I knew something wasn’t right, but I never expected it to be this. You never think this will happen to you."

Tom, left, was a member of pop group The Wanted
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Tom, left, was a member of pop group The WantedCredit: Getty Images - Getty

The average life expectancy for his illness ranges from between three months to 18 months from the time of diagnosis.

Tom decided not to ask for a prognosis and insists he will beat the illness to have a future with his children. He said: "I’m going to be here, I’m going to fight this."

The star suffered a seizure in July and took himself to A&E where he was put on a waiting list for an MRI scan.

Six weeks later he had another more serious seizure during a family trip to Norwich and was rushed to hospital.

The singer and wife Kelsey are expecting their second child
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The singer and wife Kelsey are expecting their second childCredit: Instagram

Kelsey was not allowed to be by his side because of coronavirus rules, and Tom was alone when he was told he had stage 4 glioblastoma.

Tom's condition is the most common high grade cancerous primary brain tumour in adults.

It begins in the brain and is often quick to spread. The aggressive cancer is difficult to treat and is resistant to treatment, as the cells within the tumour are not all of the same type.

This morning Tom posted a heartbreaking message on Instagram, telling fans he had already begun his six weeks of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment.

Tom's fans sent him and his family their love
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Tom's fans sent him and his family their love
Tom's daughter Aurelia is 15-months-old
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Tom's daughter Aurelia is 15-months-oldCredit: Splash News

The post read: "Hey guys, you know that we’ve both been quiet on social media for a few weeks and it’s time to tell you why.

"There’s no easy way to say this but I’ve sadly been diagnosed with a Brain Tumour and I’m already undergoing treatment.

"We decided, after a lot of thought, that rather than hiding away and trying to keep it a secret, we would do one interview where we could lay out all the details and let everyone know the facts in our own way.

"We are all absolutely devastated but we are gonna fight this all the way. We don’t want your sadness, we just want love and positivity and together we will raise awareness of this terrible disease and look for all available treatment options.

What is glioblastoma multiforme?

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), also called glioblastoma, is a fast-growing type tumour that develops from star-shaped glial cells within the brain.

These are the most invasive type of glial tumors, rapidly growing and commonly spreading into nearby brain tissue.

In adults, GBM occurs most often in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain.

It is an extremely rare but devastating brain cancer that typically results in death in the first 15 months after diagnosis.

Symptoms vary depending on the location of the brain tumour, but may include any of the following:

  • Persistent headaches
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Changes in mood and personality
  • Changes in ability to think and learn
  • New onset of seizures
  • Speech difficulty of gradual onset

It is can be diagnosed through CT and MRI scans.

The first treatment is typically surgery, followed by radiation and chemotherapy.

The primary objective of surgery is to remove as much of the tumour as possible without injuring the surrounding normal brain tissue needed for normal neurological function.

SourceAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons


Tom took part in cancer fundraiser The Real Full Monty
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Tom took part in cancer fundraiser The Real Full MontyCredit: ITV Press Release

"It’s gonna be a tough battle but with everyone’s love and support we are going to beat this. Tom and Kelsey xxx."

It sparked an influx of supportive messages from upset fans. One wrote: "oh my god i’m sending all the love i can 😭🧡."

Another shared: "sending so much love to you and your family. ❣️." A third commented: "Sending love & positivity to you 🙏🏻🙏🏻."

Tom's long course of treatment, including chemo and radiotherapy, means Kelsey will be giving birth to their second child while he is in and out of hospital.

Tom with bandmate Jay McGuinness, who was an usher at his wedding
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Tom with bandmate Jay McGuinness, who was an usher at his weddingCredit: Rex Features
Kelsey is set to give birth while Tom is having treatment in hospital
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Kelsey is set to give birth while Tom is having treatment in hospital

The 32-year-old took part in ITV's cancer fundraiser The Real Full Monty in 2018.

He appeared alongside Towie's James ArgentEastEnders actor John Partridge and TV presenter Jeff Brazier.

And Arg has said: "We love you Tom! We got this brother, No doubt about it!"

Tom's daughter Aurelia was born 15 months ago, and he and Kelsey announced baby number two was on the way back in May.

The singer revealed his shocking news in an interview with OK! magazine
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The singer revealed his shocking news in an interview with OK! magazineCredit: OK!

The couple got engaged in 2016 and married in July 2018 in a romantic ceremony in the grounds of Ridge Farm in Surrey, England, surrounded by their family and closest friends.

The Wanted's Max George and Jay McGuinness were his ushers. Tom and Kelsey said his bandmates have been incredibly supportive since being made aware of his illness.

The Wanted shot to fame in 2010 when their first single All Time Low topped the charts.

They went on to have nine more Top 10s including a another number one in 2011 with Glad You Came.

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