The Wanted star, 32, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and has been undergoing rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy in a bid to prolong his life.
Speaking on the Dangerous Dinners podcast, Max, also 32, gave the good news that the cancer has been “suppressed”.
He explained: “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.
“Doctors were actually shocked by how well he’s responded – all of his tumours have been suppressed, so he’s in the best hands.”
Max went on to insist dad-of-two Tom is being his usual cheerful self and just wants to keep his life as normal as possible.
He added: “In himself, Tom… Nothing puts Tom down, nothing. When you talk to him it’s like everything’s normal, and he just wants that – he wants normality.
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“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.”
The former Strictly Cone Dancing star added that he’s really “proud” of his friend for how he’s dealing with such a terrible illness.
Max went on: “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.”
It comes after Tom’s devoted wife Kelsey spoke out about his condition, urging Brits to take unusual symptoms more seriously.
She told Closer magazine: “So markers like this are important in educating people and encouraging themselves to get checked if they suffered with throbbing headaches, seizures or find any physical changes such as lumps and bumps.”
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