Actress Valerie Harper revealed this week to People magazine that she has brain cancer. The type of cancer she has is leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, which is a rare condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain. Her doctors say she has as little as three months left to live.
What is leptomeningeal carcinomatosis? A doctor from Cedars Sinai I heard on the radio while driving stated that this illness affects the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF), making it hard to treat. Wikipedia states that it happens when a solid tumor diffusely spreads to the brain membranes that make the fluid.
Harper was previously diagnosed with lung cancer, which is one of the top solid tumors that spread to the membrane.
She was diagnosed with this illness in January after having trouble in rehearsal for the play “Looped” in NYC.
Inside Edition spotlights another patient with the same illness and prognosis of “months to live” who has lived longer than expected.
Harper will be on “The Doctors” on Monday, March 11.
- Original People Magazine Article: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20679402,00.html
- Wikipedia article on illness: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meningeal_carcinomatosis
- Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/03/06/valerie-harper-says-has-terminal-brain-cancer/
- New York Daily News: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/valerie-harper-diagnosed-terminal-brain-cancer-article-1.1280675
- Inside Edition: http://www.insideedition.com/headlines/5958-brain-cancer-survivor-offers-hope-for-valerie-harper
- CBS News: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57572856/valerie-harpers-terminal-brain-cancer-what-is-leptomeningeal-carcinomatosis/
- Harper on The Doctors: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-207_162-57573248/valerie-harper-to-discuss-brain-cancer-diagnosis-on-the-doctors/