The Wanted kick off their UK tour tonight in Scotland but Tom Parker will not be there. Thanks to “logistical changes with tests and results” the singer’s stay in Spain has been extended for revolutionary treatment – meaning he will miss the first couple of shows
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Tom Parker will miss the start of The Wanted tour as he completes a revolutionary cancer treatment in Spain.
The 33-year-old singer is currently in a private hospital before the boy band’s UK tour kicks off in Glasgow tonight.
Tom had hoped to be fit and ready for the performances as he continues to battle his brain cancer but was unfortunately hit by some logistical issues.
On Wednesday, the father-of-two took to Instagram, sharing a photo of himself and his bandmates and updating his fans with the sad news.
“As most of you know, I’ve been on a treatment program in Spain for the past few weeks,” he began in the caption.
“It was only supposed to take 20 days but due to some logistical changes with testing and results it won’t be ready before the end of the week which has delayed our journey home.”
He continued: “I’m obviously disappointed to be missing the first few shows but as I’m sure you’ll understand I need to complete my treatment cycle.
“I’ve zoomed into rehearsals all week and I know the show is going to be amazing and my boys will hold the line until I get back.”
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The Glad You Came singer hopefully said goodbye: “Can’t wait to see you all very soon. I hope you all enjoy the show. Much love. Tom x.”
The star’s bandmates Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes were among the supportive comments under the post on Wednesday.
Tom – who has daughter Aurelia, two, and son Bodhi, 11 months – was originally told he had grade four glioblastoma and a life expectancy of 12 to 18 months.
Thankfully, after six rounds of chemotherapy and 30 radiation therapy sessions, the star’s condition has improved and he and his family are keeping a positive attitude about things.
The singer was hoping a revolutionary £4,000-a-week treatment in Spain could swing things further in his favour.
The star, who has previously spoken out about the lack of funding for cancer patients in the UK, has been spending time at a private facility in Spain in recent weeks.
Speaking about his illness last October, Tom expressed a goal of being cancer-free by March.
“You’re always classified as a terminal,” the star said during his TV documentary Inside My Head.
“They give you 12 to 18 months survival time. But that’s the general statistic. Everyone we spoke to was way, way above that.
“Now we are aiming to be cancer free by March. That is the goal. This disease is always there.
“Maybe you have residual cells, but just aren’t active. So let’s just keep going, just keep going and see where we get.”
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