Doctors are 'shocked' by how well Tom Parker is responding to aggressive brain tumour treatment, says Max George
DOCTORS are "shocked" by how well Tom Parker is responding to aggressive brain tumour treatment, his The Wanted bandmate Max George has revealed.
The 32-year-old star was diagnosed with "inoperable" glioblastoma last year, and his body's positive reaction to chemo and radio therapy has given fresh hope.
Max, 32, revealed how his close friend is getting along in a new podcast – also reflecting on where he was when Tom's wife Kelsey called him to break the devastating news.
Speaking on Dangerous Dinners, the singer-turned-actor explained: "Tom's got something called glioblastoma, which is quite an aggressive form of brain tumour, but he's had his first bout of chemo and radio therapy, which he has responded to unbelievably.
"Doctors were actually shocked by how well he's responded – all of his tumours have been surpressed, so he's in the best hands.
"In himself, Tom… Nothing puts Tom down, nothing. When you talk to him it's like everything's normal, and he just wants that – he wants normality.
"He's just had his second child, so he's got so much to focus on – he's doing great, he's doing really well."
Max added: "Tom will be fine, it's a horrible thing to happen to anyone and I can't think of anyone who deserves it less than Tom, but he's dealing with it. And I'm really proud of him for how he's dealing with it."
When asked about the accuracy of reports there is no current cure for Tom's illness, Max confirmed that this was the case – but only due to a lack of research.
He went on: "We're trying to bring more awareness to the science behind it, because there's new treatments happening all the time with this.
"So to an extent, it is right [that there's no cure] but he's reacting so well to treatment so hopefully something comes along and it can be cured – that's the end goal."
Max was shooting a film in Wales when he was told about Tom's diagnosis, with the star living alone in a flat for three months.
He had two days left of the shoot when Tom's wife Kelsey called, and he said the final two days were "a bit of a blur", he added: "It took me weeks to process but I just wanted to see him.
"Luckily I only had two days left so within three days of finding out I was with him. You just want to be there, I could not believe what I was being told but as soon as I saw him it's like it changes; you're here to help him and be there for him and keep his spirits up so he can get better."
Tom recently revealed the treatment for his cancer is causing him to suffer from devastating short-term memory loss.
He took to Instagram to talk about the symptoms of chemo and radiotherapy, adding that he forgets what he's "just done".
He and Kelsey welcomed their second child, son Bodhi, in October, with the pair also mum and dad to toddler Aurelia.
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