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Valerie Harper clarifies 'cancer-free' statement, feels 'cautiously optimistic'

Is actress Valerie Harper cancer-free? That is the headline making the rounds, but it sounds like that's not exactly the case. Marc Malkin of E! clarified the information about Harper's status on Wednesday via his Facebook page. It sounds like things are going well, but it's not quite what some had believed.

Valerie Harper is clarifying statements that she is now cancer-free
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Not long ago Valerie Harper opened up about what was believed to be a terminal cancer diagnosis. She went on to charm viewers on last fall's season of “Dancing With the Stars,” and now she is making an appearance on Hallmark's series “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” During her promotion for the show, it started spreading that Harper had said she was “absolutely cancer-free.”

It seems the phrase that Harper was cancer-free came from a chat with Closer Weekly. The declaration took off from there, and fans have been congratulating her on what seemed to be good news. Valerie also said that her scans have been positive and the doctors are encouraged by what they have seen. The actress originally had been told she had just months to live, and that timeframe has come and gone.

Now, however, Hallmark and Valerie are clarifying those cancer-free remarks. Wednesday the Hallmark Channel released a brief statement from Harper, shared by Malkin, that says Valerie wishes she was indeed “absolutely cancer-free.” She says, however, that she is “cautiously optimistic” about her current condition. She says that she has hope for the future, and fans know this is nothing new for the iconic television actress.

Harper's appearance on “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” begins on Sunday, April 20. She will be in two episodes of the series, and fans of course will be anxious to know where she heads next. Valerie Harper's brave and determined battle against cancer has been an inspiration to many, and everybody is rooting for her to continue to be healthy. She has already defied the odds and everyone is hopeful that will continue.

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