In October 2020, Tom Parker announced the devastating news that he’d been diagnosed with a rare terminal and inoperable brain tumour.
Tom, who makes up one fifth of the band The Wanted, has had his world turned upside down by the diagnosis.
But although doctors have said his grade four Glioblastoma is “the worst case scenario”, a year after his diagnosis Tom and his wife Kelsey remain hopeful for their future.
Documentary ‘Tom Parker: Inside My Head’, which showcases the realities of his condition along with organising an incredible ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ concert has aired on Channel 4 tonight (Sunday).
The 32-year-old singer says he spent three months in bed wondering what would happen to him, and how people would treat him once they found out about his cancer.
Since his diagnosis, Tom has undergone 30 radiotherapy sessions and six rounds of chemotherapy.
While the treatment has enhanced his chance of prolonging his life, Tom has admitted that the gruelling sessions have left him unable to “walk around the kitchen”.
A scan shown on tonight’s show saw the tumour had shrunk.
Viewers have reported being in “floods of tears” just minutes into the programme.
Taking to Twitter, one Wanted fan wrote: “Watching you right now from Brazil. I love you with all my heart.”
Another viewer said: “Crying already, six minutes in [broken heart emoji]”
A third wrote: “Only been on ten minutes and it’s already breaking my heart, life can be so cruel.”
Tom and Kelsey have two children, Arelia, 2, and Bodhi – who was born just fifteen days after Tom received his diagnosis.
The boyband star says he wants to raise as much awareness about Glioblastoma as possible.
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