Tom Parker vents his frustration at politicians following 'lack of funding' into brain tumour cure


‘Why is it taking so long?’ Tom Parker vents his frustration at politicians over the ‘lack of funding’ into brain tumour cure research


Tom Parker addressed politicians at Tuesday’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours about the need for the disease’s cure. 

The Wanted singer, 33, spoke of his frustration at the ‘lack of funding’ into research, since it kills more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.

In October 2020, Tom announced that he had been diagnosed with an inoperable grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme. 

'Why is it taking so long?' Tom Parker vented his frustration at politicians following the 'lack of funding' into brain tumour cure research during an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Tuesday

‘Why is it taking so long?’ Tom Parker vented his frustration at politicians following the ‘lack of funding’ into brain tumour cure research during an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Tuesday

During the Zoom meeting, which also included activists and patients, he said: ‘I’m staggered they can find a cure for COVID within a year but for decades on end, they haven’t found better treatments let alone a cure for brain tumours.

‘Why is it taking so long for clinical trials to come through?’ 

The dad-of-two, whose stage four glioblastoma is now stable, also made known the brutality of his ‘truly horrific’ treatment.

Speaking frankly, he said: ‘My diagnosis came as a complete shock. It’s been an interesting journey so far and I’ve experienced moments of real sadness and darkness. 

Worrying: In October 2020, Tom announced that he had been diagnosed with an inoperable grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme

Worrying: In October 2020, Tom announced that he had been diagnosed with an inoperable grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme

Force for good: The Wanted singer, 33, spoke of his frustration at the lack of funding into research, since it kills more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer

Force for good: The Wanted singer, 33, spoke of his frustration at the lack of funding into research, since it kills more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer

Angry: During the Zoom meeting, which also included activists and patients, he said: 'I'm staggered they can find a cure for COVID within a year but for decades on end, they haven't found better treatments let alone a cure for brain tumours'

Angry: During the Zoom meeting, which also included activists and patients, he said: ‘I’m staggered they can find a cure for COVID within a year but for decades on end, they haven’t found better treatments let alone a cure for brain tumours’

‘Some of those low points I attribute to the level of toxicity in the treatment process. It’s truly horrific and disgusting but it was my only choice and I hope it did the job it needed to do.’

Tom’s tumour has been treated with a gruelling course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, which is the standard of care on the NHS.

The pop star, who is married to actress Kelsey Hardwick, also paid tribute to his family, who he says have borne the brunt of his diagnosis. 

Support: The pop star, who is married to actress Kelsey Hardwick, also paid tribute to his family, who he says have borne the brunt of his diagnosis

Support: The pop star, who is married to actress Kelsey Hardwick, also paid tribute to his family, who he says have borne the brunt of his diagnosis

He said: ‘It’s a tragic and devastating situation and the impact on my wife and kids is huge. At 33 years old, to be told you’ve got 18 months to live, is horrendous. We’ve just got on with it and try not to think about it too much. There’s no other option.’

The Glad You Came hitmaker said during a recent BBC Breakfast interview that many people believed he was clear of cancer following his Channel 4 documentary, Inside My Head.

He admitted: ‘Ultimately, I have still got cancer,’ before insisting, ‘I don’t want people to treat me any differently.’

Setting the record straight: The hitmaker said during a recent interview that many people believed he was clear of cancer following his Channel 4 documentary, Inside My Head

Setting the record straight: The hitmaker said during a recent interview that many people believed he was clear of cancer following his Channel 4 documentary, Inside My Head

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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