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Tom Parker aims to be cancer-free in five months after battling terminal brain tumors

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Tom Parker has revealed that he aims to be cancer-free within five months, after six rounds of chemotherapy and 30 radiotherapy sessions.

Last October, The Wanted band member, 33, revealed that he had been diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma, which is considered the most aggressive tumor that can form in the brain.

He was warned he might only have 18 months to live, but now that his wife Kelsey is pregnant with their son Bodhi, now 11 months old, he fought on – and saw a ‘significant reduction’ in the size of his brain tumor.

‘Those were the darkest days of my life’: Tom Parker has revealed he aims to be cancer-free within five months, after six rounds of chemotherapy and 30 radiotherapy sessions (pictured with children Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one)

The singer, who is also the father of Aurelia, two, explained in a recent interview with The Sun that he will always be classified as terminal, but that he aims to be cancer-free by March.

“They give you 12 to 18 months of survival. But those are the general statistics. Everyone we’ve talked to is much, much further along than that,” he said, adding that the disease will always be there, but with residual cells as opposed to the active species.

Tom’s strong-willed demeanor is a world away from a time when he was almost completely in treatment, he admitted.

Candid: Tom's strong-willed demeanor is a world away from a time when he was almost completely in treatment, he admitted

Candid: Tom’s strong-willed demeanor is a world away from a time when he was almost completely in treatment, he admitted

After traveling daily from his home in Kent to London’s Guy’s Hospital for radiation treatments over a six-week period, he felt he couldn’t take it anymore when his weight dropped by a third to a staggering 7th 7lb.

“Those were the darkest days of my life. It was horrible to go there and lay under those radiation machines. It’s terrible. It’s nerve-wracking,” said the Glad You Came hitmaker.

“You think, ‘Is this doing any good? Does this make a difference? Does it make sense for me to do this when I die? I’m not going to do this to myself.”‘

Support: He was warned he would only have 18 months to live, but with wife Kelsey who was pregnant with their son Bodhi, now 11 months, he fought on

Support: He was warned he would only have 18 months to live, but with wife Kelsey who was pregnant with their son Bodhi, now 11 months, he fought on

Tom revealed in August that his tumor had decreased slightly and his condition was stable after a scan that took place on his birthday.

In an Instagram post he saysadmitted he was worried leading up to his latest scan but got some good news despite it being later than usual.

He said to the fans, ‘OK… here it goes. The last few days have been filled with anxiety and worry, but I’m happy to announce that the results of yesterday’s scan (nice birthday present), are stable with a slight reduction in tumor if anything.

“I cannot tell you how grateful I am to receive this news. We left it a little longer between scans this time to give the medication time to work, etc. But overall it was a great day.

Unbelievable: Tom revealed in August that his tumor had decreased slightly and his condition was stable after a scan that took place on his birthday

Unbelievable: Tom revealed in August that his tumor had decreased slightly and his condition was stable after a scan that took place on his birthday

Thank you for your support: Tom shared this positive update with his fans as he said he was celebrating breaking news

Thank you for your support: Tom shared this positive update with his fans as he said he was celebrating breaking news

Thanks to our entire care team. You’re truly amazing. And thank you to all the lovely people who send love and support. It really is so appreciated. Time to celebrate.

The chart recently paid tribute to his ‘rock’ Kelsey when he performed with his band for the first time in seven years.

Standing on stage at the Royal Albert Hall, where his band was performing in support of Stand Up 2 Cancer and The National Brain Appeal, he became emotional when he spoke to his wife.

‘I love you so much. You’ve been my rock and I don’t know what I would have done without you.’

Grateful: Tom recently paid tribute to his 'rock' Kelsey when he performed with The Wanted for the first time in seven years (pictured in 2021)

Grateful: Tom recently paid tribute to his ‘rock’ Kelsey when he performed with The Wanted for the first time in seven years (pictured in 2021)

The Brit Award nominee recently announced a Channel 4 documentary titled Inside My Head as part of this year’s Cancer Research UK charity programme.

Tom invited cameras into his life as he documented the process of organizing the show, managing his diagnosis, and investigating potential treatments.

His family will also meet other brain cancer patients.

Successful: The band released three studio albums between 2010 and 2013.  Their last LP, Word of Mouth, was released eight years ago and was a top 10 hit in the UK (pictured in 2021)

Successful: The band released three studio albums between 2010 and 2013. Their last LP, Word of Mouth, was released eight years ago and was a top 10 hit in the UK (pictured in 2021)

What is a glioblastoma?

Glioblastoma is an aggressive cancer that can occur in the brain or spinal cord.

It is formed from cells called astrocytes, which support nerve cells.

Glioblastoma can occur at any age, but is more common in older adults.

It can cause aggravation of headaches, nausea, vomiting and seizures.

Glioblastoma, also known as glioblastoma multiforme, can be very difficult to treat and a cure is often not possible.

Treatments can slow the progression of the cancer and reduce signs and symptoms.

Source: Mayo Clinic

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