Tom Parker could be cancer free by March as inoperable brain tumour shrinks10/07/2021
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Tom Parker has announced he wants to be cancer free by March next year after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in October last year.
The 33 year old, who recently feared he wouldn't make a hospital appointment due to the petrol crisis, has had 30 rounds of chemotherapy and 30 radiotherapy sessions since being told about his grade-four glioblastoma.
Now, he's determined to beat the disease as he explained: "You’ll always be classed as terminal.
"They give you 12 to 18 months of survival. But that’s the general statistics. Everyone we’ve spoken to has been way, way beyond that."
He went on to tell The Sun: "Now, we’re aiming to be cancer-free by March. That’s the aim. This disease is always there. You might have residual cells but just not active. So, we’ll just carry on, just crack on and see where we get to."
Tom and his wife Kelsey have spent the last year refusing to ask for a prognosis, branding it "pointless". However, The Wanted star has spent weeks on end receiving treatment, only taking breaks over the weekends.
It's been a difficult journey for him as he admitted the six weeks of radiotherapy were the "darkest days" of his life as he dropped to 7st 7lb.
Describing the experience as "awful and unnerving", Tom said he questioned whether it was doing him any good over all and even considered stopping the treatment altogether.
However, his wife Kelsey, 31, who he shares children Aurelia, two, and 11 month old Bodhi, said she would make him continue with the treatment if he ever faltered.
Thankfully, it has been working and in his new documentary Tom Parker: Inside My Head, cameras captured the moment consultants told him and Kelsey that the tumour has stopped growing and has instead reduced in size.
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In August this year, Tom had announced the news that the tumour had shrunk in an Instagram post, where he shared a snap of himself dressed in a navy T-shirt with a pair of headphones on in the recording studio.
In the caption, he told his legion of fans: "Ok..here goes. The last couple of days have been filled with dread and worry but I’m pleased to announce that the results of yesterday’s scan (lovely birthday present [crying with laughter emoji]), are stable with a slight reduction in the tumour if anything."
Tom went on to explain how he left a bit more time than usual between the scans to see a definitive result as he continued: "I can’t tell you how grateful I am to receive this news.
"We left it a little longer between scans this time just to give time for the medication to work etc but overall a great day."
"Thanks to all our healthcare team. You are truly wonderful. And thank you all you lovely people out there sending love snd support. It really is so appreciated. Time to celebrate," he added with a celebration emoji, bicep emoji and a Champagne bottle emoji.
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