Pop star Tom Parker, who formed the band The Wanted, has been diagnosed with a terminal and inoperable brain tumour.
The Bolton man, aged only 32, has spoke of his devastation after the news but his family have vowed to ‘raise awareness of this terrible disease’ and ‘fight this all the way’.
Parker said he was “still in shock” after being told he had a stage 4 glioblastoma six weeks ago.
“I knew something wasn’t right, but I never expected it to be this.”
Speaking to OK! magazine, the singer said he would remain positive, despite being told the cancer was terminal. “I’m going to be here,” he added. “I’m going to fight this.”
Tom said he is already undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment in a bid to prolong his life.
The tragic news comes as he is expecting his second child with his wife Kelsey.
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’.
Posting a photo of the couple with their daughter, Aurelia Rose, 15 months, on Monday, he wrote: ‘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.’
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.
Treatment is usually surgery to remove as much of the tumour as possible, followed by a combination of radio- and chemotherapy (chemoradiation).
Parker formed the band The Wanted in 2009 and spent 6 years touring with fellow members Siva Kaneswaren, Jay McGuiness, Max George and Nathan Sykes.
The band won numerous awards and nominees for singles including ‘All time low’ and ‘Glad you came.’
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