Valerie Harper to discuss brain cancer diagnosis on "The Doctors"
Actress Valerie Harper arrives to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame Committee's 20th Annual Induction Gala on Jan. 20, 2011, in Beverly Hills, Calif. / Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
The "Rhoda" actress, 73, spoke with the show's co-hosts about how she and her family have managed since the diagnosis and how she plans to live out her final days (her doctors say she has as little as three months to live).
Harper was joined during the taped sit-down by husband, Tony Cacciotti, and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" co-stars Cloris Leachman and Ed Asner.
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During the interview, Harper said her husband initially hid the diagnosis from her.
"I didn't get it because my husband hid it. Poor baby; he was so bereft," she said. "[The doctors] said there is nothing we can do for her and [she has] three to six months; maybe."
Harper revealed Wednesday that she was diagnosed in January with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare disease in which cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane near the brain. She also battled lung cancer in 2009.
"I have to tell you I am blown away by her resilience and her resolve in the face of such a dire, dire diagnosis," said "The Doctors" co-host Dr. Travis Stork.
"The Doctors" said Friday that the episode will also feature the team from Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center treating Harper's brain cancer, neuro-oncologist Dr. Jeremy Rudnick and oncologist Dr. Ronald Natale, who will shed light on the actress' specific treatment.
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