The Wanted's Tom Parker ‘staggered’ better treatment has not been found for brain tumours

Tom Parker from the Wanted Speaks to ITV's This Morning
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Tom Parker was diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2020. Credit: ITV's This Morning

Singer Tom Parker says he is “staggered” better treatments have not been found for those diagnosed with brain tumours.

Speaking at an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours, the Wanted star said that he has suffered moments of "darkness” since his cancer diagnosis.

The 33-year-old revealed in October 2020 that he had an inoperable brain tumour, but last month announced the results of a scan showed it was now “under control”.

He said: “I’m staggered they can find a cure for Covid within a year but, for decades on end, they haven’t found better treatments let alone a cure for brain tumours.

"Why is it taking so long for clinical trials to come through?”

The father, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, said the process had been extremely challenging and he had experienced "real sadness."

He said: “Some of those low points I attribute to the level of toxicity in the treatment process.

“It’s truly horrific and disgusting but it was my only choice and I hope it did the job it needed to do.”

He also spoke about the "devastating" impact his diagnosis has had on his wife, actress Kelsey Parker, and his two young children.

He said: “It’s a tragic and devastating situation and the impact on my wife and kids is huge.

“At 33, to be told you’ve got 18 months to live, is horrendous. We’ve just got on with it and try not to think about it too much. There’s no other option.”

Hugh Adams, head of stakeholder relations at Brain Tumour Research, said: “Tom has a huge reach. By standing alongside us he is helping us to elevate our campaigning.

“At Brain Tumour Research we will continue to do what we can to amplify Tom’s voice to the parliamentarians who can deliver real change for our community.”

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