Valerie Harper Says 'Cancer Free' Quote Was Taken Out of Context
The actress explains that she meant the cancer hadn't spread to other parts of her body
Erroneous reports this week suggesting Valerie Harper was "cancer free" can be chalked up to a misunderstanding between the actress and a reporter.
Harper, who is battling terminal brain cancer, did use the phrase “cancer free” in an interview with Closer Weekly magazine, but was referring to the rest of her body – following a scan to see if her cancer had spread.
“I had just had my yearly full-body scan to determine if this sneaky cancer had migrated to other parts of my body,” the Rhoda star, 74, says in a new statement released by The Hallmark Channel.
“I told the reporter with excitement that I was cancer free, but what I meant to say was that my full body scan revealed that I was still thankfully cancer free [elsewhere].”
Indeed, there is no known cure for leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, the lung cancer that has traveled to the meninges around Harper’s brain.
“While the lepto has not spread, I am still not cured,” Harper says. “I am a cancer patient, and I continue to fight with the hope that a cure may be just around the corner. I am grateful to my family, friends, loved ones, and to fans that I am in their thoughts and prayers. That support gives me great hope.”