Tom Parker reveals how The Wanted reacted to devastating news as he vows to fight on against inoperable tumour

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The Wanted's Tom Parker has revealed to OK! how his former bandmates reacted when he revealed to them that he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

The 32 year old – who is expecting a baby son with his wife Kelsey and is already a father to their 15-month old daughter Aurelia – opened up to OK! in an exclusive interview and says the boys have been an amazing support.

He reveals, "Obviously all the boys were as shocked as we were. They are gutted by the news, but they’ve been incredibly supportive. Jay [McGuinness] has been round to see us a few times since we got the news and is reading up on everything he can and Max [George] was here last week. Siva [Kaneswaran] and Nathan [Sykes] obviously live a lot further away, but all four of the boys have been texting regularly and sending through different articles and possible treatments and therapies that they’re all reading about."

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He added, "They’ve been so positive, but when I spoke to Max he was in bits. We were in bits together."

After being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, Tom has begun radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment in an effort to prolong his life.

An illness such as this is an unimaginable, devastating turn of events for the young man who, just six weeks ago, was excitedly preparing for the birth of his baby boy. With his gorgeous wife and adorable 15 month old daughter, Aurelia, by his side, Tom had the world at his feet.


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But it all came crashing down while the family were on a staycation in Norwich over the summer. Following weeks of bizarre and unexplained seizures, panicked Tom finally got the tests he needed, where doctors broke the news he had a tumour known as a grade four glioblastoma – and it was ‘the worst case scenario’.

Sadly, life expectancy on average for such an illness ranges from three months to 18 months after diagnosis.

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But Tom and Kelsey tell OK! that they are determined to stay positive. Tom insists, "I need everyone’s love and positivity. I am going to fight this. We are already exploring alternative treatments and looking at clinical trials both here and abroad, and our friends have been doing research.

"There are so many stories of people who were given a bad prognosis and are still here five,10, even 15 years later. We’re going to fight this all the way."

Kelsey adds, "there is a guy called Ben who was diagnosed 25 years ago and he’s still with us. You just have to be really positive."

The National Brain Appeal raises funds to support clinical trials into treating Glioblastoma, a pioneering study led by Dr Paul Mulholland at the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery. nationalbrainappeal.org. AND DONATE AT justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/tnba/immunotherapy

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