After a misquote in “Closer Weekly Magazine”, Valerie Harper says: “I am not ‘absolutely cancer-free”, as wrongly understood. Her terminal brain cancer is in remission, a fact that doctors were not very hopeful for. But despite odds, the actress is doing a lot better than expected and she is “optimistic” regarding her health condition.
Last year, actress Valerie Harper announced that she had been diagnosed with brain cancer and that there wasn’t much to do since it was in a terminal state. She had been given a few months to live. Despite the odds, the 74-year-old was cast in “Dancing With The Stars” and even accepted a television movie role.
Now, her oncologist, Dr. Jeremy Rudnik, is more hopeful than ever. “I’d say that we’re getting pretty close to a remission”, he said on the “Today” show. However, this is far from being able to say that Harper is cancer-free, as rumored recently.
“The Town That Came A Courtin” actress explained that the confusion appeared due to an error published in “Closer Weekly Magazine”. “I am not ‘absolutely cancer-free.’ I wish I were”, she told Hallmark, correcting the magazine. “Right now what I am is cautiously optimistic about my present condition and I have hope for the future.”
Her remission was acknowledged by the medical team just weeks ago, following a number of scans. “[The doctor] looked at the scans and said, ‘Oh my God, Valerie, this is very encouraging!'” Harper recalls. “I’m now the poster child for not believing everything I’m told”, she added.