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Wanted star Tom Parker reveals he has been diagnosed with a brain tumor


The wanted star Tom Parker was diagnosed with a terminal and inoperable brain tumor.

The 32-year-old singer, who is expecting his second child with Mrs. Kelsey, said the family was "devastated" but vowed to "raise awareness" and "fight it all the way" to his pregnant wife and her willing daughter.

Tom's brain tumor is a grade 4 glioblastoma. The singer is already undergoing radiation therapy and chemotherapy to extend his life.

Disastrous: The sought-after star Tom Parker was diagnosed with a terminal and inoperable brain tumor

Life expectancy for this disease is between three months and 18 months after diagnosis.

When he posted a photo of the couple with his daughter Aurelia Rose on Monday, he wrote on Monday, “Hey guys, you know we've both been quiet on social media for a couple of weeks and it's time to tell you why .

“There is no easy way to say this, but unfortunately I was diagnosed with a brain tumor and I am already being treated.

“After much deliberation, we decided, instead of going into hiding and trying to keep it a secret, to have an interview in which we can explain all the details and inform everyone of the facts in our own way.

"We'll beat that": In an emotional statement, Tom revealed he was undergoing treatment and vowed to beat the deadly disease

“We are all absolutely devastated, but we will fight it 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 treatments.

“It will be an uphill battle, but with the love and support of everyone we will beat this. Tom and Kelsey xxx. & # 39;

Glioblastoma is considered to be the most aggressive tumor that can form in the brain. Senator John McCain was diagnosed with one in July 2017.

Growing Family: The 32-year-old singer, who is expecting his second child with wife Kelsey, said the family was "devastated" but vowed to "raise awareness of this terrible disease" and "do it all the way to fight "for his pregnant wife and their daughter

Growing Family: The 32-year-old singer, who is expecting his second child with wife Kelsey, said the family was "devastated" but vowed to "raise awareness of this terrible disease" and "do it all the way to fight "for his pregnant wife and daughter

According to figures, patients have a 10 percent chance of survival five years after their diagnosis. The average lifespan is between 14 and 16 months.

Three adults in every 100,000 will have glioblastoma, says the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

It is most common in men between the ages of 50 and 60, and there is no association between developing glioblastoma and a history of other cancers.

Treatment is usually surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible, followed by a combination of radio and chemotherapy (chemoradiotherapy).

Support: Olympian Rebecca Adlington and TOWIE star James Argent sent their love and congratulations

Support: Olympian Rebecca Adlington and TOWIE star James Argent sent their love and congratulations

All of the growth can be difficult to remove because glioblastomas have tendrils that extend to other regions of the brain. These are targeted through chemoradiation.

Glioblastomas are often resistant to treatment because they are usually made up of different cell types. Therefore, drugs kill some cells and not others.

The tumor is made up of a mass of cells that grow rapidly in the brain, and in most cases, patients have no family history of the disease.

It won't spread to other organs, but once diagnosed it's nearly impossible to target, surgeons claim.

Unlike other types of brain cancer that are more specifically localized, glioblastoma can occur in any part of the brain.

WHAT IS A GLIOBLASTOME AND HOW DEADLY IS IT? JOHN MCCAIN'S AGGRESSIVE BRAIN TUMOR

Senator John McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma in July 2017

Senator John McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma in July 2017

Glioblastoma is considered to be the most aggressive tumor that can form in the brain. Senator John McCain was diagnosed with one in July 2017.

According to figures, patients have a 10 percent chance of survival five years after their diagnosis. The average lifespan is between 14 and 16 months.

Three adults in every 100,000 will have glioblastoma, says the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

It is most common in men between the ages of 50 and 60, and there is no association between developing glioblastoma and a history of other cancers.

WHAT IS THE TUMOR?

The tumor is made up of a mass of cells that grow rapidly in the brain, and in most cases, patients have no family history of the disease.

It won't spread to other organs, but once diagnosed it's nearly impossible to target, surgeons claim.

Unlike other types of brain cancer that are more specifically localized, glioblastoma can occur in any part of the brain.

WHAT TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE?

Because the tumor is likely to be deep in the brain by the time it is diagnosed, the cancerous tissue is incredibly difficult to remove.

The surgeon will only remove the tumor or part of the tumor if he does not damage the surrounding brain tissue.

Dr. Babcar Cisse, neurosurgeon at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, told Daily Mail Online in July 2017, “When a glioblastoma is diagnosed, microfibers can spread to the rest of the brain that an MRI would not detect.

"Even if the main tumor is removed and the patient receives radiation and chemotherapy, they'll come back."

EVALUATION OF A GLIOBLASTOMA

Brain tumors are ranked between one and four based on how fast they grow and how aggressive they are.

Malignant tumors get either high grade three or four, while benign tumors get lower grade one or two.

Glioblastoma is often referred to as Grade 4 astrocytoma – another form of brain tumor, the AANS says.

Symptoms

Patients usually complain of symptoms such as impaired vision, impaired memory, dizziness, and headache.

Symptoms are somewhat non-specific and vary from person to person and may not persist.

It is therefore impossible to diagnose the disease based on symptoms alone.

Tom said OK! The magazine tested him after suffering unexplained seizures. Doctors gave the family the "worst case scenario" and determined that he had grade 4 glioblastoma when they were in Norwich six weeks ago.

Tom said he was still "in shock" from the devastating diagnosis. Kelsey added the couple knew something was wrong in July. but never thought that he could have a tumor.

Tom said, “I knew something was wrong, but I never expected it to be. You never think this will happen to you. & # 39;

The star visited A&E after his first seizure, where he complained of a bad back and had a mark on his head.

Tom was then sent home but felt like he had a concussion. The singer returned to the hospital the following week and put on a waiting list for an MRI.

The Wanted: Tom rose to fame as a singer in boy band The Wanted in 2009 before taking a hiatus in 2014 (2013 with L-R Nathan Sykes, Siva Kaneswaran, Max George and Jay McGuiness).

The Wanted: Tom rose to fame as a singer in boy band The Wanted in 2009 before taking a hiatus in 2014 (2013 with L-R Nathan Sykes, Siva Kaneswaran, Max George and Jay McGuiness).

The family was vacationing in Norwich in August, and Tom had another "much worse" seizure six weeks after the first.

Kelsey said she and Tom had to "rush" for the paramedic to come, and Tom had an MRI when he arrived.

He added that he was told he would be out in four hours but would be there in the end three days to take tests.

Speaking of the moment he received his devastating diagnosis, he said, “A few days later, when we were still on vacation. Kelsey couldn't come in because of Covid.

"They pulled the curtain around my bed and said," It's a brain tumor. “All I could think was,“ Damn it! ”I was shocked. It's stage four glioblastoma and they said it's terminal. It was a lot for me to do. I still haven't processed it.

His top priority: Tom has vowed to be there for his children's future by fighting the disease as hard as possible

His top priority: Tom has vowed to be there for his children's future by fighting the disease as hard as possible

Kelsey said, “It was awful. They called me and told me on the phone. They said, "It's a tumor and it's the worst scenario."

They also told us that it wasn't working and what the treatment would be like. I was in a complete state. I could only think, "What is going to happen and how is our life now?"

Tom is now undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy to shrink the tumor The King & # 39; s College Hospital in London, which he says was "intense and exhausting".

Kelsey said more tumors are "likely" to show up and that Tom could live with the disease for the rest of his life and undergo treatment to shrink tumors.

Due to COVID-19 regulations, Kelsey is not allowed to accompany him for treatment.

Staying Positive: The couple added that they didn't ask for a forecast. Kelsey said it was not good for Tom's state of mind and that he would "sit and count the days and not live his life".

Staying Positive: The couple added that they didn't ask for a forecast. Kelsey said it was not good for Tom's state of mind and that he would "sit and count the days and not live his life".

The couple added they hadn't asked for a prediction, and Kelsey said it wasn't good for Tom's state of mind and that he would "sit and count the days and not live his life".

Tom and Kelsey are now hoping for a miracle and remain positive while Tom battles the tumor. The couple are exploring alternative treatments and clinical trials in the UK and abroad.

The star said he needed "everyone's love and assertiveness" during his struggle and said he was carried by stories from people who had a bad forecast but defied the odds.

Kelsey, who hailed Tom as his "rock", is 36 weeks pregnant with the couple's son but said, due to the trauma of their ongoing situation, she "forgot" what she expected as her focus was on Tom.

Together: Tom and Kelsey have been together since 2009 and tied the knot in 2018 (picture May 2016)

Together: Tom and Kelsey have been together since 2009 and tied the knot in 2018 (picture May 2016)

Kelsey has requested a home birth to make sure Tom can be there when she delivers.

Tom has vowed to be there for his children's future by fighting the disease as hard as possible.

Tom's former bandmates from The Wanted – Max George, Jay McGuiness, Nathan Sykes, and Siva Kaneswaran – were also incredibly supportive.

Tom added that his friends regularly texted, visited and broadcast ideas for treatments and therapies that they had read about.

Tom and Kelsey got engaged in 2016 and tied the knot two years later in July 2018.

They welcomed daughter Aurelia Rose in July 2019 and announced that they would be expecting their second child, a young boy, in June of that year.

Tom rose to fame as a singer in boy band The Wanted in 2009 before taking a hiatus in 2014.

They released their self-titled debut album in 2010 and enjoyed several hits including the UK singles All Time Low and Glad You Came.

In 2013 they played on their own reality show for E! Network called The Wanted Life, in which Tom's wife Kelsey starred.

Produced by Ryan Seacrest – the US producer behind Keeping Up With The Kardashians – and set in the Hollywood Hills, The Wanted Life of the band was playing when they were making their third studio album, Word Of Mouth.

In 2014, The Wanted announced that they are taking some time to allow each member to make personal efforts.

The couple draws attention to the National Brain Appeal, which is used to raise funds to support clinical trials for the treatment of glioblastoma, a landmark study led by Dr. Paul Mulholland at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Support: Tom praised Kelsey as his stone when discussing his battle with the tumor (picture May 2016)

Support: Tom praised Kelsey as his stone when discussing his battle with the tumor (picture May 2016)

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