Valerie Harper Says She's Now 'Cancer-Free' After Terminal Diagnosis
Valerie Harper, best known for playing Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda, says she’s “absolutely cancer-free” over a year after announcing that she had terminal brain cancer.
Valerie Harper Is 'Cancer-Free'
"I'm absolutely cancer-free!" Harper told Closer Weekly. "My last scans have been positive, and my doctors are very happy. [The oncologist] looked at the scans and said, 'Oh my God, Valerie, this is very encouraging!' "
While her doctor is wary of telling the legendary comedic actress that she’s in remission, he’s more than happy with what the scans are showing. "My doctor doesn't use that term [remission],” said Harper. “He likes to say, 'I give you a treatment, and it's either responsive or non-responsive — and you are having a phenomenal response.'"
As part of her treatment regiment, Harper takes several pills in a “pulse does” – at one sitting, once per week.
Harper's Terminal Diagnosis
Harper, who last March refused to look at her terminal diagnosis as a death sentence, continues to be optimistic about her health and her life. "There may come a time when I'm not feeling good," she told the magazine. "But then again, that time may never come!"
"I'm now the poster child for not believing everything I'm told," Harper added.
When Harper revealed that she had leptomeningeal carcinomatosis in March 2013, she stated that her doctors expected that she had no more than three months to live. Since then, she’s fought the prognosis, going on to reunite with her Mary Tyler Moore costars – Mary Tyler Moore, Cloris Leachman and Betty White – on Hot in Cleveland and competing on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.
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