The Wanted’s Tom Parker brain tumour diagnosis explained

Today The Wanted’s Tom Parker shared the devastating news that he has “stage four glioblastoma”.

The 32-year-old singer is married to Kelsey Hardwick, has a 15-month-old daughter and another baby on the way.

In an interview with OK! Magazine, Tom explained: “I knew something wasn’t right, but I never expected it to be this. You never think this will happen to you.”

Tom suffered a seizure in July 2020, and took himself to A&E where he was put on a waiting list for an MRI scan.

But six weeks later he had another seizure during a family trip to Norwich, and was rushed to hospital. There he was told he had stage four glioblastoma.

What is stage four glioblastoma?

A glioblastoma is a brain tumour of the glial cells.

Brain tumours are put into groups depending on how fast they are likely to grow, ranging from one to four.

A stage four glioblastoma is the most common high grade cancerous primary brain tumour in adults.

It’s a malignant tumour that can quickly spread to other parts of the brain.

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Glioblastoma is most commonly found in men aged between 50 and 60, and there is no link with having a previous history of cancer.

It’s an aggressive form of cancer which is difficult to treat and often resistant to treatment.

Tom is already undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy in a bid to prolong his life.

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Patients have a 10% chance of surviving five years after diagnosis, according to figures.

However, Tom decided not to ask for a prognosis, and insists he will beat the illness and have a future with his children.

He said: “I’m going to be here, I’m going to fight this.”

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