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The Wanted’s Tom Parker hangs upside down as he continues therapy to fight brain tumour at home


Tom Parker complements medicine with alternative therapies to keep his tumour under control (Picture: PA/Instagram)

Tom Parker has revealed an unexpected form of therapy he has been undertaking to fight his brain tumour, which involves hanging upside down. 

The Wanted star, 33, kept fans up to date with his ongoing treatment after finding out his brain tumour was stable last year. 

He shared a clip of a drip stand in his home on Wednesday, explaining: ‘Treatment from home today.’

Tom then followed it up with a photo of him being supported by a physiotherapist as he hung upside down on a wooden frame. 

Explaining what the reasoning behind the exercise was, Tom wrote: ‘Getting that blood pumping to the brain.’

As well as having chemo and radiotherapy to fight the tumour, which yielded a ‘significant reduction’ in size as well as reaching a point where it was deemed stable, Tom has been open about trying other therapies alongside medicine. 

Tom was seen hanging upside down in a special wooden frame to get the blood pumping to his brain (Picture: Instagram)
He is also still having regular medical treatment to stop the tumour from growing again (Picture: Instagram)

Tom had been diagnosed with a stage 4 glioblastoma brain tumour in September 2020 but had vowed to fight it and raise awareness for the disease. 

He has since reunited with The Wanted, kicking off with a charity concert to raise funds for brain tumour research after finding how little of the funding for cancer research went into this area. 

In December, Tom spoke to an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours, made up of politicians, activists and patients, about the wait for new medicines.

He said: ‘I’m staggered they can find a cure for Covid within a year but, for decades on end, they haven’t found better treatments let alone a cure for brain tumours. Why is it taking so long for clinical trials to come through?’

Tom had also previously opened up on the effects the gruelling chemo and radiotherapy had on him, and is still undergoing physiotherapy to regain strength in the left side of his body. 

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