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Doctor: Valerie Harper's cancer close to remission

Friday, August 30, 2013
FILE - This May 16, 2012 file photo shows actress Valerie Harper at the Friars Club Roast of Betty White in New York. The daytime talk show The Doctors said that Harper will appear on the show Monday to talk about her brain cancer. The 1970s sitcom star has been diagnosed with a rare brain cancer and told she has as little as three months to live. Harper played Rhoda Morgenstern on televisions The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff, Rhoda. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

FILE - This May 16, 2012 file photo shows actress Valerie Harper at the Friars Club Roast of Betty White in New York. The daytime talk show "The Doctors" said that Harper will appear on the show Monday to talk about her brain cancer. The 1970s sitcom star has been diagnosed with a rare brain cancer and told she has as little as three months to live. Harper played Rhoda Morgenstern on television's "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and its spinoff, "Rhoda." (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

Valerie Harper's doctor says the actress' brain cancer is getting close to remission.

The 74-year-old former sitcom star had announced in March that she had an incurable form of cancer and was given as little as three months to live. She's still here - and working, hired for a TV movie that filmed this month.

Dr. Jeremy Rudnick said Thursday on NBC's "Today" show that Harper has defied the odds. But he says the problem is that Harper's prognosis can change at any time.

He and Harper agree that life is about buying time.

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