The Wanted's Tom Parker says brain tumour treatment is 'severe' but is positive for future

By Rose Hill

Tom Parker has opened up about the treatment he has been receiving for his terminal brain tumour, calling it "severe and tough".

However The Wanted singer, 33, said that he was feeling "very positive" for the future and was feeling "more confident and in control" of his emotions.

Appearing on This Morning with wife Kelsey, the pair aimed to raise awareness for the lack of funding for those with brain tumours and explained that they had been paying for treatment privately.

Tom explained that he first spotted a mark on his head and decided to get it checked out.

"I thought tom was suffering from anxiety or depression as I was expecting a baby," she said. "He kept going back to the hospital and said there was something wrong."

Tom Parker has opened up about the treatment he has been receiving for his terminal brain tumour (ITV)

Eventually, Tom received an MRI scan and received the news while he was alone that he had a brain tumour.

"They literally pulled the curtain round and said you have a brain tumour," he said, revealing that he hadn't wanted a prognosis, but they had told him he had 12 months - which he has since surpassed.

Tom continued: "It's been severe. Chemo has been tough, radio has been the hardest part."

Thankfully, the tumour has shrunk and is currently stable.

Tom appeared on This Morning with wife Kelsey (ITV)

Kelsey revealed that she had contacted Dave Bolton, who has had a brain tumour for around seven or eight years, so that Tom would be able to speak to someone in a similar position.

"I only wanted to listen to survivor stories," she said.

"He gives me that encouragement to fight on," Tom explained. "It's just mentally draining."

Opening up about reuniting with his former The Wanted bandmates for a special charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall, Tom said: "It was pretty surreal. It was pretty special, the fact that we were together again for the most beautiful reason, to raise awareness.

The couple told Holly and Phil that they were feeling 'positive' for the future (ITV)

"The boys didn't need to do that."

Kelsey reiterated that "the standard of care hasn't changed for 30 years" for those with brain tumours and that they had resorted to doing things privately.

"There needs to be more [help] in the NHS," she said.

Asked how he was doing now, Tom said: "I wouldn't have been able to do this five months ago - I feel a lot more confident and in control of my emotions... I would have been a crying mess."

"I'm feeling very positive," he added. "I'm thinking of having another [baby]!"

*This Morning airs weekdays at 10.30am on ITV

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