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Valerie Harper Beating 'Terminal' Cancer, Doctor Says (Video)
Tim Molloy
Posted:  08/29/2013 9:17 AM
  

Actresss Valerie Harper's cancer is "pretty close to remission," months after she was given a terminal diagnosis, her doctor told "Today" on Thursday.

In an interview with Meredith Vieira, neuro-oncologist Jeremy Rudnick said the 74-year-old "Rhoda" actress has made dramatic progress in her fight with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a cancer that strikes the membranes around the brain.

Harper called her new diagnosis "amazing."

Rudnick cautioned, however, that Harper's condition could worsen because cancer develops "resistance to the therapy."

"And it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when," he said.

"So is it about buying time in the hope that something better comes--" asked Vieira.

"Life is about buying time," Rudnick answered.

"Exactly. That's what I always say," added Harper.

The actress announced nearly six months ago that she might have as litle as three months to live.

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