The Wanted’s Tom Parker diagnosed with brain tumor

Tom Parker, a member of the popular U.K. boy band The Wanted, has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. In an interview with OK! magazine, the 32-year-old opened up about being diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma. 

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Parker said he found out about his tumor six weeks ago, and that he is “still in shock.” 

“I knew something wasn’t right, but I never expected it to be this,” he told the magazine. The singer suffered a seizure in July and was put on a waiting list for an MRI, according to BBC News. He was later rushed to the hospital after suffering another seizure, and after three days of tests he was diagnosed with the brain tumor.

Because of coronavirus restrictions, Parker’s wife, actress Kelsey Hardwick, was not allowed to be with him in the hospital during his tests. Hardwick is pregnant with the couple’s second child. They are already parents to 16-month-old Aurelia.

“There’s no easy way to say this but I’ve sadly been diagnosed with a Brain Tumour and I’m already undergoing treatment,” Parker disclosed in an Instagram post. “We are all absolutely devastated but we are gonna fight this all the way. We don’t want your sadness, we just want love and positivity and together we will raise awareness of this terrible disease and look for all available treatment options.”

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In the OK! magazine interview, Parker said he was determined to remain positive. “I’m going to be here,” he said. “I’m going to fight this.”

Glioblastoma is a deadly brain cancer and one of the most aggressive cancers in adults. It’s the same type of cancer Senator John McCain was diagnosed with in 2017, and later died from. At the time of McCain’s diagnosis, CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook explained the severity.

“The problem with glioblastoma is at the time that it is discovered, there are almost always microscopic cells that have spread elsewhere in the brain because it spreads along the nerve cells,” LaPook said on CBSN’s “Red & Blue.” 

“Despite all the research that’s been going on, we haven’t made adequate progress,” he added.

Some of the symptoms of glioblastoma include headache, general malaise, and visual problems like double vision.

Parker told OK! magazine he has begun chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment and that he’s “going to fight this all the way.”

“There are so many stories of people who were given a bad prognosis and are still here five, 10, even 15 years later,” he said. 

His wife added that his bandmates from The Wanted have rallied around him. Jay McGuinness and Max George have visited the couple, Hardwick said. 

“Siva [Kaneswaran] and Nathan [Sykes] obviously live a lot further away, but all four of the boys have been texting regularly and sending through different articles and possible treatments and therapies that they’re all reading about,” Hardwick said. “They’ve been amazing.”

Tim McGraw Awarded the Tom Hanks Caregiver Champion for His Support of the Military and Veterans Community

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Tim Mcgraw, you never fail to put a smile on our faces, especially now during these exceedingly challenging times. Off the top of our heads, we recall how the country star has comforted us with his poignant commencement speech for this year’s graduates this past May. Then, in July, he surprised health care workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis by dropping in on their video meeting. In August, he performed at a virtual St. Jude festival alongside other country music greats like Keith Urban.

Whether we hear it in his music or see it in his sweet relationship with wife Faith Hill, it’s clear McGraw has a very big heart. Now, the country singer is wowing us again, this time with his dedication to helping the veterans community. As we learned from, McGraw is being honored with the Tom Hanks Caregiver Champion Award by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. The award will be presented to McGraw at the foundation’s Heroes and History Makers virtual event on October 20, at 8 p.m. ET, which will be hosted by Senators Elizabeth and Bob Dole and also include appearances by Tom Hanks, Darius Rucker, and Savannah Guthrie, among other notable celebrities.

Having lost his own father to brain cancer, McGraw acts as the Honorary Chair of the Tug McGraw Foundation, which provides help to those with brain conditions, coming to the aid of many veterans and their caregivers through their work. “We are thrilled to honor Tim McGraw this year. He understands from both his personal experiences, and his support of other caregivers, exactly what our military and veteran caregivers go through on a daily basis,” said Steve Schwab, CEO of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation in a statement posted on “Inspired by what he learned from caring for his father, Tim has used his platform as one of our nation’s top entertainers to help the military community find resources for invisible injuries. This continues to be a critical need for caregivers, and an important component of our work at the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.”

Previous recipients of the award are the award’s namesake, Tom Hanks himself, and former First Lady Michelle Obama. If you’d like to learn more or sign up for the event, click here.

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Congratulations on another amazing achievement, Mr.McGraw. Both on the music charts and off, it’s clear you’re an incredible person.

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See inside Ochsner’s Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center expansion | Health care/Hospitals

Six stories of glass walls facing the Mississippi River and an additional 115,000 square feet, roughly the size of two football fields, greet patients at the newly expanded Gayle and Tom Benson Center on Ochsner Health System’s main campus.

The $56 million expansion, which doubles the center’s previous size, allows all of Ochsner’s cancer programs to be housed under one roof, including the Lieselotte Tansey Breast Center, which was moved from across Jefferson Highway. The central location will ease the burden of treatment for cancer patients who need to see multiple specialists such as dieticians, surgeons, psychologists, social workers and nurse navigators.

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“We can address everything a cancer patient needs in this one building,” said Dr. Brian Moore, a head and neck cancer surgeon and director of the Ochsner Cancer Institute. “You don’t have to bounce between physician offices across town. You don’t even have to bounce across campus. All the doctors you need to see are right here.”

With this in mind, dedicated patient rooms that feel more like small offices than clinical examination rooms have been built to discuss patient care in a more comfortable setting. Modern cushioned benches rather than plastic chairs await patients who need to meet with someone on their care team but don’t need an examination. 

While patients receive infusions of cancer-fighting drugs that often have unpleasant side effects, they can look out at passing barges on the river or watch television on personal devices from a cushioned chair tucked into a cubicle-like nook. 

A special treatment space has been added for bone marrow transplant patients, whose immune systems are particularly vulnerable. That infusion area uses a positive pressure air system so that air flows out but not in, keeping out airborne pathogens. 

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The new infusion area also has a private treatment room for cancer patients who also are battling infectious illness. 

A dedicated room for acupuncture, shown to help cancer patients with symptoms such as nausea, will house Ochsner’s first-ever acupuncturist.

“We know how important the entire cancer patient and their support system is in treating their cancer,” said Emily Pirch, vice president of Ochsner cancer services. “It’s not just about the clinical care; there’s a significant impact of the mental toll.”

Room for yoga, support groups, cooking classes and art and music therapy is also planned. 

The expansion, which began in 2018, was largely funded with a $20 million gift from Gayle Benson and her late husband, Tom Benson. Donations of more than $1 million came from Paulette and Frank Stewart, Sheryl and Robert Merrick, Jackie Leonard, Stuart Smith and Barry Cooper. The rest of the money came from strategic capital investment, Pirch said.

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