The successful boy-band singer was diagnosed with a grade four glioblastoma – an aggressive cancer that can occur in the brain or spinal cord – in 2020. Since, he has been undergoing intense treatment including both chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Astonishingly, after six rounds of chemotherapy and 30 radiotherapy sessions, the star took to Instagram to say that his outlook is considerably more positive.
“Honestly over the moon. We can sleep a little easier tonight. Thank you for all your love and support over the last 12+ months.”
The caption was accompanied by a heartwarming picture of his wife Kelsey and their two children Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, 11.
Last month, the star appeared in Channel 4’s Stand Up To Cancer event, which raised £31,169,340. This was following an announcement that The Wanted were set to comeback after parting ways in 2014.
Earlier in the year Tom spoke to Sky News, saying how he was “feeling good” about his treatment.
At the time the star said: “I think a lot of people are quite surprised by it. I think with this disease, you get quite a natural decline, but if anything it seems to be on the incline. I feel a lot better than I did a couple of months ago.
“When we had the initial conversation [about reuniting], I was like I’m not sure I will be able to do it, just for my health. But with my health getting better, here I am sitting today.”
Then in August of this year, Tom took to Instagram again to reveal a “slight reduction” in his tumour. Posting alongside a picture of himself in a recording studio, Tom shared the further more positive news.
He said: “The last couple of days have been filled with dread and worry but I’m pleased to announce that the results of yesterday’s scan are stable with a slight reduction in the tumour if anything.
The charity states that one in three people with brain tumours experience personality changes. These can include the following:
- Irritability or aggression
- Confusion and forgetfulness
- Apathy (lack of interest and motivation)
- Depression and flattening of emotion
- Loss of inhibitions or restraints and behaving in socially or culturally unacceptable ways
- Mood swings or extreme moods
- Difficulty planning and organising
- Difficulty identifying emotions in yourself and others.
Other problems that individuals may experience include memory difficulties, communication difficulties, fatigue, depression, seizures, learning difficulties and sight problems.
In order to treat glioblastoma, individuals will usually have surgery in order to remove the tumour. The goal is to remove as much of the tumor as possible, but because glioblastoma grows into the normal brain tissue, complete removal isn’t possible. For this reason, most people receive additional treatments after surgery to target the remaining cells, this includes radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
Last month, Tom released a TV documentary titled, Inside My Head and spoke of the continuing goals for his condition. He said: “You’ll always be classed as terminal. Now, we’re aiming to be cancer free by March. That’s the aim. This disease is always there. You might have residual cells but just not active. So, we’ll just carry on, just crack on and see where we get to.”