The Wanted’s Tom Parker shared a video of himself receiving treatment in hospital on Monday amid his terminal brain tumour diagnosis.
The singer, 32, who is currently receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy, took to Instagram to update fans after he recently receivedhis first Covid vaccination.
Tom, who recently revealed his stage four tumour has‘significantly reduced’ and is ‘responding well’ to treatment, shared a video of himself in hospital before later returning home to his wifeKelsey Hardwick.
Treatment:The Wanted’s Tom Parker shared a video of himself receiving treatment in hospital on Monday amid his terminal brain tumour diagnosis
Putting on a brave face, the father-of-two said: ‘All hooked up’ before poking fun at his tomato soup served in a mug as he asked his fans to comment on the table wear.
Later, after returning home to his wifeKelsey and two childrenAurelia Rose, 19 months, and Bodhi, four months,Tom spoke about how he has adapted his diet following his diagnosis opting for a more vegan lifestyle.
He said: ‘When we first found out I was diagnosed with a brain tumour, everyone was like well on it for me. All the information and stuff, I mean, you should have seen some of the stuff I was eating.
Update:The singer, 32, who is currently receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy, took to Instagram to update fans after he recently received his first Covid vaccination
Home:Tom, who recently revealed his stage four tumour has ‘significantly reduced’ and is ‘responding well’ to treatment, shared a video of himself in hospital before later returning home to his wife Kelsey Hardwick
‘For the first couple of months, I pretty much went vegan didn’t I? Like I was eating lentils and s**t. Anyway, I’m not doing the vegan thing, I didn’t really enjoy it. I’ve added a bit of meat back to my diet, nowhere near as much.’
Tom added that he has now become obsessed with cereal, eating six bowls a day, to which his wifeKelsey poked fun at him and said: ‘God, you’re so boring!’
Later in the night, the couple watched a show about a family who have 22 kids, withKelsey insisted that she wants to expand their brood with more.
Tom said: ‘I think I’m done for kids, to whichKelsey hilariously insisted: ‘100% you’re not done!’
Remaining positive:Putting on a brave face, the father-of-two said: ‘All hooked up’ before poking fun at his tomato soup served in a mug as he asked his fans to comment on the table wear
Diet:Later, after returning home to his wife Kelsey and two children Aurelia Rose, 19 months, and Bodhi, four months, Tom spoke about how he has adapted his diet following his diagnosis opting for a more vegan lifestyle although he has recently introduced some more meat
In January, the singer, who is classed as extremely vulnerable after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour, revealed he had received his first Covid jab.
Tomurged his 212K followers to ‘just get it done so we can move on with our lives.’
The father-of-two continues to remain hopeful and shared a Boomerang of himself giving a big thumbs up as he wrote: ‘Off to get my first Covid jab. Get vaccinated.’
He then shared a snap of himself arriving at the undisclosed location and wrote: ‘Let’s go. Vaccine 1 underway’ as well as a picture of his Covid card.
Inspirational: In January, the singer, who is classed as extremely vulnerable after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour, revealed he had received his first Covid jab
Words of wisdom: Tom urged his followers to take his lead and get vaccinated when able to so that ‘we can all move on’
Information: He then shared a snap of himself arriving at the undisclosed location where he was getting his jab as well as his Covid card
Earlier that month, Tom updated his fans on hisprogress after receiving his terminal diagnosis of glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer, in October.
In a lengthy post, Tom said it was a ‘good f*****g day’ after receiving the positive news about his battle and vowed to ‘keep fighting’ for the sake of his wife Kelsey and their children.
Positive progress: Earlier this year, Tom revealed that his stage 4 brain tumour has ‘significantly reduced’ and is ‘responding well’ to treatment (pictured with his family)
Tom shared a throwback snap of himself, wife Kelsey and their children Aurelia Rose, 19 months, and Bodhi, four months, as he announced his tumour had shrunk following treatment.
Hewrote: ‘SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION These are the words I received today and I can’t stop saying them over and over again.
‘I had an MRI scan on Tuesday and my results today were a significant reduction to the tumour and I am responding well to treatment. Everyday I’m keeping on the fight to shrink this b*****d!
‘I can’t thank our wonderful NHS enough. You’re all having a tough time out there but we appreciate the work you are all doing on the front line.
Determined:In a lengthy post Instagram post, The Wanted star said it was a ‘good f*****g day’ after receiving the positive news about his battle and vowed to ‘keep fighting’
‘To my amazing wife @being_kelsey who has literally been my rock. My babies – I fight for you every second of every day.
‘Friends, family and everyone on this journey with me- you have got me through my darkest days.
‘To everyone on here- your love, light and positivity have inspired me. Every message has not been unnoticed they have given me so much strength. This journey is a rollercoaster that’s for sure. Today is a f*****g good day.’
Tom has admitted his world was turned ‘upside down’ after he was told he has a stage four brain tumour.
The star took to Instagram and shared a photo of himself taken just two days before he received his terminal diagnosis.
Thanking his wife Kelsey and their family for the support they have given him, Tom said he has ‘come a long way’ since being given the heartbreaking news.
Honest: Tom has admitted his world was turned ‘upside down’ after he was told he has a stage four brain tumour
He wrote: ‘REALITY: Two days after this picture was taken, I was told I had a stage 4 brain tumour. It turned my world upside down.
‘I don’t really remember them earlier days of when I was told. I was living in such a haze. But I’ve come a long way even in such a short space of time. Thank you all for your love and support over the last few months.
‘And again thank you to our friends and family who have really come together and helped wherever needed with the kids and helping with the house. My incredible manager @damiensanders1973who I drive insane 24/7 has put himself out of his way to help me and kels through this difficult period.’
Tom called his wife a ‘warrior’ as he praised her for looking after their children, daughter Aurelia Rose and son Bodhi amid his cancer battle.
Couple:Thanking his wife Kelsey and their family for the support they have given him, he said he has ‘come a long way’ since being given the heartbreaking news
Tom wrote:’I don’t really remember them earlier days of when I was told. I was living in such a haze. But I’ve come a long way even in such a short space of time’
He wrote: ‘To my beautiful wife who has managed to cope with the tears, and looking after an 18 month old and a new born @being_kelseyshe’s the true warrior here!
‘I promise to keep you updated with how things are progressing over the next few months. And here’s hoping for a fantastic 2021.’
In December, Tom shared a glimpse of his trip to London for another ‘very long’ day of treatment for his terminal brain tumour.
The singer documented his day on Instagram Stories while ensuring he kept hydrated with plenty of water, and admitted that despite the challenges he’s grateful to still be receiving treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He shared his first post from the back of the car driving over a bridge in London, writing: ‘Another day of treatment.’
Donning a mask, a later video showed Tom in the hospital undergoing treatment, ensuring he drank plenty of water. He wrote: ‘The more H2O the better!’
Later Tom revealed he’d reached the end of his latest day of treatment, admitting it had taken its toll.
He wrote: ‘Treatment days are always so long but very thankful to be able to receive it given what’s happening. Hope everyone is staying safe out there.’
Tom also revealed he’d been suffering with bad short term memory loss after having chemotherapy and radiotherapy amid his terminal brain tumour battle.
He explained this can be a side effect of the treatments however he tried to stay upbeat joking that he’s able to recall ‘stupid’ things like the gifts he’s got for daughter Aurelia for Christmas.
Challenging: Tom recently shared a glimpse of his recent trip to London for another ‘very long’ day of treatment for his terminal brain tumour
Speaking on Stories, Tom explained: ‘As some of you know, I have been through chemo and radio, haven’t I?
‘Which was pretty god-damn brutal, but some of the side effects from the chemo and radio are you get bad short term memory loss.’
The father-of-two then looked towards Kelsey who was standing out of the camera frame and asked: ‘Mine [memory] was already bad, wasn’t it?’
Kelsey quickly replied with a laugh, saying: ‘It was horrendous already, so now I’m like literally, it’s even worse!’
Tom then continued chatting, telling his fans: ‘But it’s the weirdest thing because, I’ll go to her [Kelsey], ‘What did I just do? What was I gonna say?’
‘But I can remember stuff like this [picks up a childrens’ toy] ‘What have we got? A Heart of Te Fiti [from Moana] for Christmas?’ How do you remember that? Stupid.’
In October Tom announced he has grade four glioblastoma, with the Bolton native undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment in a bid to prolong his life.
Life expectancy for this illness ranges from three months to 18 months after diagnosis, but the couple have not asked to hear Tom’s prognosis amid fears he would ‘sit and count down the days and not live his life’.
‘We are going to beat this’: In October, Tom announced he has grade four glioblastoma, and had been undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment in a bid to prolong his life
He wrote at the time: ‘Hey guys, you know that we’ve both been quiet on social media for a few weeks and it’s time to tell you why.
‘There’s no easy way to say this but I’ve sadly been diagnosed with a Brain tumour and I’m already undergoing treatment.
‘We decided, after a lot of thought, that rather than hiding away and trying to keep it a secret, we would do one interview where we could lay out all the details and let everyone know the facts in our own way.
‘We are all absolutely devastated but we are gonna fight this all the way. We don’t want your sadness, we just want love and positivity and together we will raise awareness of this terrible disease and look for all available treatment options.
‘It’s gonna be a tough battle but with everyone’s love and support we are going to beat this. Tom and Kelsey xxx.’
The couple welcomed their second child, son Bodht, later that month.
WHAT IS A GLIOBLASTOMA AND JUST HOW DEADLY IS IT? THE AGGRESSIVE BRAIN TUMOR SUFFERED BY JOHN MCCAIN
Senator John McCain was diagnosed with a glioblastoma in July 2017
Glioblastoma is considered the most aggressive tumor that can form in the brain. Senator John McCain was diagnosed with one in July 2017.
Patients have a 10 percent chance of surviving five years after their diagnosis, according to figures. The average lifespan is between 14 and 16 months.
Three adults per every 100,000 will be struck down with a glioblastoma, says The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).
It is most commonly found in men aged 50 to 60, and there is no link between developing glioblastoma and having a previous history with other cancers.
WHAT IS THE TUMOR MADE OF?
The tumor is made up of a mass of cells growing quickly in the brain, and in most cases patients have no family history of the disease.
It won’t spread to other organs, however, once it is diagnosed, it is nearly impossible to target, surgeons claim.
Unlike other types of brain cancer which are more specifically located, glioblastoma can occur in any part of the brain.
WHAT TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE?
Because the tumor likely already spread deep into the brain by the time it is diagnosed, the cancerous tissue is incredibly difficult to remove.
Surgeon will only ever remove the tumor, or part of the tumor, if it won’t do any damage to the surrounding brain tissue.
Dr Babcar Cisse, a neurosurgeon at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, told Daily Mail Online in July 2017: ‘By the time a glioblastoma is diagnosed, microfibers can spread to the rest of the brain which an MRI would not spot.
‘So even if the main tumor is removed and the patient receives radiation and chemotherapy, it will come back.’
GRADING A GLIOBLASTOMA
Brain tumors are graded from between one to four, depending on how fast they grow and how aggressive they are.
Malignant tumors are either given a high-grade three or four, while benign ones are given a lower grade one or two.
Glioblastoma is often referred to as a grade four astrocytoma – another form of brain tumor, says the AANS.
Patients typically complain of symptoms such as confused vision, trouble with memory, dizziness and headaches.
The symptoms are somewhat nonspecific, and vary from person to person, and may not persist.
The disease is therefore impossible to diagnose based on symptoms alone.