On Monday, The Wanted singer Tom Parker shared on Instagram that he has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. The 32-year-old wrote that he is currently undergoing treatment for a grade four glioblastoma tumor, which his doctors described as the “worst-case scenario” and terminal.
In an interview with Britain’s OK! Magazine, Parker revealed that the tumor was “inoperable” but that he would continue to fight it. The singer is currently expecting his second child with his wife Kelsey Hardwick. The couple were married in 2018 and had a daughter last year. This past June, they announced that they were expecting a boy in November.
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The Wanted, a British boy band, went on hiatus in 2014 to pursue solo projects. The group had 10 UK top 10 singles and three UK top 10 albums. The band has sold over 10 million records. In 2015, Parker released a solo single titled “Undiscovered,” and in 2017, he was cast in the UK tour of Grease as Danny Zuko.
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. It’s gonna be a tough battle but with everyone’s love and support we are going to beat this. Tom and Kelsey xxx @ok_mag
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After hearing about Parker’s diagnosis, his former boy bandmate, Max George, showed his support on Instagram, writing, “Speaking as a brother, a friend and a bandmate. I know that you will conquer this as you have every other challenge you have ever faced. We are all on this journey together.”
According to MD Anderson Cancer Center, glioblastomas are the most aggressive brain tumors as they spread into other parts of the brain quickly, though they don’t metastasize outside of the brain. Common symptoms include headaches, nausea, vomiting and seizures, as well as, subtle personality changes, memory loss, muscle weakness and disturbances in speech and language.
Although glioblastomas are not surgically curable, there is evidence that the more tumor that can be removed, the better the outcome. Radiation and chemotherapy are usually used to delay tumor progression. The median survival time with glioblastoma is 15 to 16 months in patients who receive surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment, though some patients may survive up to five years or longer.
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