Tom Parker admits he couldnt stop thinking about death after terminal diagnosis

Tom Parker admits he couldnt stop thinking about death after terminal diagnosis

10/10/2021

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The Wanted star Tom Parker has admitted he "couldn't stop thinking about death" after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour aged just 32.

Opening up in his new Channel 4 documentary – Tom Parker: Inside My Head – in aid of Stand Up To Cancer, Tom broke down as he told the camera how he felt upon initially being diagnosed.

He was in hospital on his own when the doctors revealed he had a grade-four glioblastoma – "the worst brain cancer you can have", Tom said.

His inoperable tumour has required extensive radiotherapy treatment along with chemotherapy.

He has also been accessing new experimental drugs and immunotherapy through private healthcare – and they have succeeded in shrinking his brain tumour.

Speaking on the new documentary, Tom said: "Scared is an understatement. I was petrified.

"I couldn't stop thinking about death, is the honest truth."

Later, Tom could be seen lying down on his bed as he wept into his hands, admitting: "It's so hard to think about the future, because I genuinely don't know what it holds any more."

"I don't know if you'll really know how you feel about death until you're faced with it," Tom added, explaining that the general prognosis for glioblastoma is "not amazing".

It comes after Tom said he's aiming to be "cancer-free" by March, opening up to 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."

He even admitted that he and wife Kelsey Hardwick are even planning to have a third child, opening up to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning.

He said on the show: "We are thinking of having another one – but don’t tell anyone!"

The documentary shows Tom organising a charity fundraising concert to help raise awareness and funds for those suffering from the same tumour he has.

He also highlighted the lack of experimental drugs that are available on the NHS – and said he wants everybody to be able to afford and access the latest cutting-edge treatments.

Opening up on the effects the cancer has had on his body, Tom admitted his short term memory is suffering.

"It's terrible," he confessed. "It drives me insane."

He also struggles with movement in his hands and legs.

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