When she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, Valerie Harper was determined to do all that she could to fight back. Among her weapons in her battle to regain her health: Holistic, homeopathic remedies combined with chemotherapy, reported Us Weekly on August 29.
The result: A recent MRI showed that Valerie's leptomeningeal carcinomatosis is "pretty close to remission," Dr. Jeremy Rudnick told the actress, according to the Hollywood Reporter on August 29.
The news comes as a sneak peek of an upcoming special about Valerie's battle with cancer, reported the Today show on August 29. During the special, Valerie explains how she chose to combine traditional chemotherapy with acupuncture and homeopathic Chinese tea.
Although those not familiar with those holistic remedies for brain cancer may question her choices, the University of Maryland Medical Center says that it can help reduce pain, alleviate shortness of breath and relieve the nausea that can accompany chemotherapy.
As for the green tea, the UK Cancer Research center notes that "some laboratory studies have shown that extracts from green tea can stop cancer cells from growing. Green tea contains substances called polyphenols, and a sub group called catechins, which scientists think give it antioxidant properties. But while these lab results are encouraging, we need evidence from human studies to prove them."
Valerie and her husband Tony Cacciotti remain hopeful, reported Us Weekly. "Going from having three months to live, or less; we're into our sixth month, and now there's even hope beyond right now we're looking at . . . I never planned on this," he said. "This is overwhelming."
As for Valerie and her doctor: "Life is about buying time," said her physician Dr. Rudnick. "Exactly," agreed Valerie. "That's what I always say. We're all going to die, but because I have a finite time -- or have been told so by my doctors -- I just want to live every moment to the fullest." And, in fact, she's so optimistic that she's signed up for "Dancing with the Stars," according to TMZ.