Tom Parker Dies After Brain Cancer Diagnosis: What Is Glioblastoma?

‘The Wanted’ star Tom Parker has died after being diagnosed with grade 4 glioblastoma.

There are many different types of brain tumors that can be classified as low or high grade.

Questions about brain tumors are answered here.

– How many people are diagnosed with a brain tumor each year?

According to Cancer Research UK (CRUK), there are around 12,100 new cases of brain tumours, other central nervous system (CNS) and skull tumors in the UK each year – or 33 every day.


The Wanted star Tom Parker has died aged 33 after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor (Joe Giddens/PA)

– What are the survival and mortality rates?

Survival rates are difficult to predict because brain tumors are not the most common form of cancer and there are many different types.

But around 15 in 100 people with a malignant brain tumor survive 10 years or more after diagnosis, according to

CRUK figures show that there are around 5,300 deaths from brain, other CNS and intracranial tumors in the UK each year.

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But brain tumor survival in England is highest for people under the age of 40.

– What are the symptoms?

According to, common symptoms include: headache, seizures, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, mental or behavioral changes, such as memory problems or personality changes, progressive weakness or paralysis on one side of the body, and vision or speech problems.

– Are there different types?

There are many different types of brain tumors—usually named after the cell they arise from or the part of the brain where they start.

There are 130 different types of brain tumors.

The most common brain tumor in adults is the so-called glioblastoma multiforme.


Tom Parker with his bandmates from The Wanted (PA)

– What is glioblastoma?

Glioblastomas are a type of glioma – a brain tumor that develops from a group of brain cells called glial cells.

Glioblastomas are grade 4 brain tumors and are sometimes called glioblastoma multiforme, GBM, GBM4, or grade 4 astrocytoma.

According to the Brain Tumor Charity, they are: fast-growing, have thread-like tendrils that extend to other parts of the brain, are likely to spread through the brain and can come back.

– What about the grades?

Brain tumors are classified according to their behavior, such as B. the speed at which they grow and how likely they are to spread, ranked from 1 to 4.

Classes 1 and 2 are classified as “low grade” and classes 3 and 4 as “high grade”.

High-grade brain tumors grow quickly and are more likely to spread to other parts of the brain. They can come back even with intensive treatment.

– What treatment options are there?

Treatments depend on a variety of factors, including the type of tumor, where it’s located in the brain, how big it is and how far it has spread, how abnormal the cells are, and a patient’s overall health and fitness.

Options include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, medication to relieve symptoms, and steroids. Tom Parker Dies After Brain Cancer Diagnosis: What Is Glioblastoma?

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