Tom Parker gives health update following MRI scan
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The Wanted singer Tom Parker, 32, announced in October 2020 that he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. The devastating news came as he prepared to welcome his second child with his wife Kelsey.
I’ve kind of done all the treatment so far, radiation, chemo
Since going public with his news, Tom has continued to update his loyal legion of fans on his condition, frequently sharing glimpses into his life on social media.
The Bolton born singer declined to be told his prognosis, insisting that he would rather continue living his life.
The average life expectancy for Tom’s condition is said to be 12 to 18 months from the time of diagnosis, according to the Brain Tumour Charity.
Speaking last year, Tom said: “I’m going to be here, I’m going to fight this”.
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The singer went on to tell OK! Magazine: “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.”
Now, addressing his 212,000 Instagram followers, on his Stories he said: “I thought I’d just come on and do a little update for everyone, I feel like I’ve been a bit quiet, just on the medical front.
“So on Thursday, I had an MRI, which we’re still waiting for the results back, so here’s a little update on what’s been happening and stuff.”
The Lost + Found singer went on to add: “That’s kind of where we’re at, isn’t it? I’ve kind of done all the treatment so far, radiation, chemo, yeah, then we’ll just kind of see where we’re at from there.
“So wish me good luck for next week.”
The dad-of-two continued: “I’ve just had a bit of muscle wastage down this left side, just while, it was really when it was first diagnosed
“It was so hard to just use my arm, even my leg and stuff, and then obviously when you don’t do something the muscle just deteriorates.”
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Detailing the side effects of his condition and treatment, Tom admitted that he had lost three stone in weight since starting treatment.
His wife Kelsey interjected, saying: “When you lost weight, you then lost muscle, which is annoying in life, to lose it. You can lose things really easily in life but it’s really hard to put it back on.”
Tom was diagnosed with glioblastoma, which is the most common type of tumour that starts on the brain.
In January, Tom revealed how his wife Kelsey helped him when he was in his “darkest place” during his cancer battle.
He wrote: “This girl has quite literally helped me back from the darkest place of my life the past few weeks all whilst being a new mum.”
He also opened up to followers about coming to terms with losing his hair due to chemotherapy.
He wrote: “When I started treatment my hair started to fall out, so after a morning at the hospital I came home and told @being_kelsey to shave my head.
“I remember this so vividly, I felt like part of me was being taken away as I saw the hair drop to the floor. There were tears.”
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