The Wanted's Tom Parker, 33, overjoyed as he reveals his brain tumour is stable following MRI scan


Tom Parker has revealed his brain tumour is stable and ‘under control’ after his most recent MRI scan.

The Wanted singer, 33, underwent the routine scan as part of his treatment earlier this week after he was diagnosed with a stage four glioblastoma last year.

And the pop star was moved to tears after learning of the news, sharing a heartfelt message on Instagram on Wednesday night.

Moved to tears: Tom Parker's brain tumour is stable after his most recent MRI scan revealed positive results, with The Wanted star breaking the happy news on Instagram on Wednesday

Moved to tears: Tom Parker’s brain tumour is stable after his most recent MRI scan revealed positive results, with The Wanted star breaking the happy news on Instagram on Wednesday

Heartfelt words: The singer, 33, underwent the routine scan as part of his treatment earlier this week after he was diagnosed with a stage four glioblastoma last year

Heartfelt words: The singer, 33, underwent the routine scan as part of his treatment earlier this week after he was diagnosed with a stage four glioblastoma last year

He wrote: ‘I’m sat here with tears in my eyes as I tell you. We’ve got my brain tumour under control. 

‘We had the results from my latest scan…and I’m delighted to say it is STABLE.

‘Such a mix of emotions . We couldn’t ask for any more really at this point; a year or so in to this journey. 

Overjoyed: He wrote: 'I’m sat here with tears in my eyes as i tell you. We’ve got my brain tumour under control

Overjoyed: He wrote: ‘I’m sat here with tears in my eyes as i tell you. We’ve got my brain tumour under control

‘Honestly over the moon. We can sleep a little easier tonight. 

‘Thank you for all your love and support over the last 12+ months. Love from Me,Kelsey, Aurelia & Bo.’

Tom shared a picture of himself with his wife Kelsey Hardwick and their children, daughter Aurelia, two, and son Bodhi who celebrated his first birthday last month.

Emotional: Last month, Tom broke down as he opened up about his terminal brain tumour during his emotional Channel 4 documentary, Inside My Head

Emotional: Last month, Tom broke down as he opened up about his terminal brain tumour during his emotional Channel 4 documentary, Inside My Head

Following a seizure, Tom was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in September 2020.

Last month, Tom broke down as he opened up about his terminal brain tumour during his emotional Channel 4 documentary, Inside My Head.

The singer also revealed he has suffered from short-term memory loss, spent nearly three months in bed solidly, and looked at his cancer treatment plan.  

Success: The documentary saw him reunite with the band for a Stand Up To Cancer performance, to raise awareness, with it touch and go as to whether he'd be able to perform amid his condition

Success: The documentary saw him reunite with the band for a Stand Up To Cancer performance, to raise awareness, with it touch and go as to whether he’d be able to perform amid his condition

Growing emotional as he spoke about his prognosis, Tom said: ‘It’s so hard to think about the future, I don’t want to know. 

‘I don’t think you know how you feel about death until you’re faced with it. Am I going to die? That’s the most important question… I want to stick around – and be the best version I can!’    

The documentary also saw Tom reunite with The Wanted for a Stand Up To Cancer performance.

Yet it was touch and go as to whether he’d be able to perform with his bandmates Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes due to his condition.  

Tom was diagnosed with glioblastoma last year, which is inoperable, and has undergone radiotherapy. 

In the show, he learnt that the tumour had shrunk – but was left unsure of what the future holds for him.

‘I don’t want people to treat me different just because I’ve got something, I think that was always on my mind,’ he said. 

He continued: ‘I do feel like I’m in a much stronger place, but it’s so hard to think about the future. Do you know what I mean? I genuinely don’t know what it holds anymore.’

Last month Tom revealed he is aiming to become cancer-free in five months’ time, following six rounds of chemotherapy and 30 radiotherapy sessions.  

The singer explained that he will always be classed as terminal but is aiming to be cancer free by March, in a recent interview with The Sun. 

‘They give you 12 to 18 months of survival. But that’s the general statistics. Everyone we’ve ­spoken to has been way, way beyond that,’ he said, adding that the disease will always be there but with residual cells as opposed to the active kind. 

What is Glioblastoma? 

Glioblastoma is an aggressive type of cancer that can occur in the brain or spinal cord. 

It forms from cells called astrocytes that support nerve cells.

Glioblastoma can occur at any age, but tends to occur more often in older adults.

 It can cause worsening headaches, nausea, vomiting and seizures. 

Glioblastoma, also known as glioblastoma multiforme, can be very difficult to treat and a cure is often not possible. 

Treatments may slow progression of the cancer and reduce signs and symptoms. 

Source: Mayo Clinic

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