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.


Valerie Harper: “I am not ‘absolutely cancer-free”


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.