Valerie Harper Will Open Up About Her Cancer on TV

NEW YORK (AP) – Actress Valerie Harper plans to discuss her brain cancer with some television doctors. The daytime talk show “The Doctors” said Harper will appear Monday to talk with Travis Stork, Lisa Masterson and Andrew Ordon, as well as her own team of doctors. The 1970s sitcom star has been diagnosed with a rare brain cancer and told she has as little as three months to live. She said her husband briefly withheld the diagnosis from her because …

Valerie Harper’s Rare Brain Cancer: What Caused It?

Actress Valerie Harper, who’s been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, has a rare type that often spreads from another form of cancer, such as breast, melanoma or, in Harper’s case, lung cancer – which she battled in 2009. Called leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, it affects about 5 percent of cancer patients and the first signs are “similar to stroke symptoms,” including trouble speaking, numbness of the face, double vision, or difficulty swallowing, says Keith L. Black, M.D., professor and chair of the …