The Wanted’s Tom Parker ‘unable to walk’ amid gruelling inoperable brain tumour treatment

By James Brinsford

Tom Parker has revealed the devastating effects of the gruelling treatment her has endured as he combats his inoperable brain tumour.

The 32-year-old singer for The Wanted has opened up about his life in an upcoming Channel 4 documentary, Tom Parker: Inside My Head.

He has spoken about how her felt when given just 18 months to live after being diagnosed with terminal cancer after it was found last year that he has an inoperable brain tumour.

Since that 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".

The Wanted’s Tom Parker left ‘unable to walk around the kitchen’ (Channel 4)

Tom is seen sharing banter with his The Wanted band mates on a video call and he says that he hopes the band can perform together again, some seven years after they were last on stage.

He tells Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes: "I feel alright, mate - my voice is always a bit hoarse after treatment.

"When you get told you have an incurable cancer, everything just happens so quickly. Everyone's been really lovely.

"Loads of people have reached out. It puts things in perspective you know what I mean, like if they've fought the battle against it then I can."

The chat soon turned to the charity gig the band planned to perform for Stand Up To Cancer and it was their dance moves which was causing some angst.

Nathan Sykes joked: "I tried dancing round the kitchen the other day, it weren't happening."

Tom countered with the heartbreaking admission: "I can't even walk round the kitchen let alone dance."

The gig was part of Channel 4’s Stand Up To Cancer appeal, the joint national fundraising campaign with Cancer Research UK.

All the proceeds from the Royal Albert Hall concert were split between the Stand Up To Cancer and The National Brain Appeal.

When the gig happened last month, an emotional Tom was in tears as he spoke about how much hard work it had take to get the band back on stage.

Tom said: “Twelve months ago I couldn’t even get out of bed. It’s been a crazy journey.

“This disease affects people of all ages, kids to adults. The support has been amazing.”

The singer praised his bandmates and his wife Kelsey Hardwick, saying: “It’s been a tough year.

“I want to say thanks to you boys, I love them a lot, and my wife Kelsey — I love her so much. She has been an absolute rock.”

*Tom Parker: Inside My Head airs on Channel 4 on Sunday at 9pm

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