Tom Parker’s doctors ‘shocked’ by how well he’s responding to brain tumour treatment, reveals Max George
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Max George has revealed his pal Tom Parker has left doctors in "shock" over how well he's been responding to his treatments for his inoperable brain tumour.
The Wanted star, who recently said he ended up in hospital with depression after the band split back in 2014, spoke out about 32 year old Tom's condition on the Dangerous Dinners podcast.
Praising his friend and gushing over how proud he is of him, the singer-turned-actor said: "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.
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"Doctors were actually shocked by how well he's responded – all of his tumours have been suppressed, so he's in the best hands."
Speaking on how the diagnosis impacted Tom's attitude towards life, Max explained that he's been acting completely normal, as if it's not happening.
"In himself, Tom… Nothing puts Tom down, nothing," he said. "When you talk to him it's like everything's normal, and he just wants that – he wants normality."
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Max added that Tom, who shares children Aurelia, 16 months, and five month old Bodhi with wife Kelsey, is keeping busy with his kids as he said: "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.
"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."
Despite the treatment going well, Max revealed that there is no known cure for his brain tumour.
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He said: "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, who recently unveiled plans to have children with girlfriend Stacey Giggs, went on to speak about how he dealt with finding out about his friend's condition as Kelsey called him while he was finishing shooting a film.
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"It took me weeks to process but I just wanted to see him," he said.
"Luckily, I only had two days left so within three days of finding out I was with him."
The star added: "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."
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