Thursday, September 5, 2013

Valerie Harper Cancer Update

I watched Valerie Harper last night on "Hot in Cleveland."  Sort of a Mary Tyler Moore TV show reunion. 

Here's an update on her progress fighting terminal brain cancer.  Sounds like she's doing pretty well!

Valerie Harper's Terminal Brain Cancer "Pretty Close to a Remission," Says Her Doctor—Watch Now

by Rebecca Macatee Thu., Aug. 29, 2013

Valerie Harper went public with her terminal brain cancer diagnosis in March 2013, but five months later, things are looking hopeful for the beloved Mary Tyler Moore star.

In fact, according to her doctor, the 74-year-old actress is "getting pretty close to remission." But, as Dr. Jeremy Rudnick explained in an interview excerpted on Today, Thursday, Aug. 29,  the rare form of cancer will still be fatal.

"It defies the odds," he explained of Valerie's response to chemotherapy as well as alternative treatments like acupuncture, but he explained that her leptomeningeal carcinomatosis will "develop resistance to the therapy." Meaning? "It's not a matter of if (the cancer becomes resistant)," said Dr. Rudnick, "it's a matter of when."

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"Going from having three months to live, or less; we're into our sixth month, and now there's even hope beyond right now we're looking at—" he started.

And Harper interjected cheerily, "We're looking at Christmas!"

"Life is about buying time," her physician said.

Harper agreed, saying "Exactly…That's what I always say."

Lots of great video; go to:

We wish her all the best.  Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

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