The actress, 74, issued a statement clarifying a quote that had appeared in this week's Closer Weekly. Her "cancer free" comment was actually part of a larger anecdote specifically about the results of a full-body scan, she told the magazine, not about her terminal leptomeningeal carcinomatosis.
"I was relaying a story where my doctor had told me that in his 30-year practice, I was the only lepto patient he has seen without other cancers already present," Harper told Closer Weekly on Thursday.
"I had just had my yearly full-body scan to determine if this sneaky cancer had migrated to other parts of my body," and the results were great. The disease had not spread.
"Right now, what I am is cautiously optimistic about my present condition and I have hope for the future," she said in a separate statement released Wednesday afternoon through the
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The news did get her and husband Tony Cacciotti to make funeral plans and draw up a will so that their children wouldn't have to make those decisions for them, she said Wednesday morning to
"I was supposed to be gone before last Easter," Harper said Wednesday on the "Today" show. "But when you say 'supposed to be,' the doctors just give their best guesstimate. What I have is incurable and terminal, but guess what? Not today."