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Valerie Harper went public with a terminal brain cancer diagnosis in March, but it is now close to remission, says the soon-to-be Dancing With the Stars cast member.

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Valerine Harper was given three months to live six months ago.

Not only has she survived, she’s shown no signs of slowing down, and she figures to be a competitive member of the latest DWTS ensemble.

In fact, according to her doctor, the 74-year-old actress is "getting pretty close to remission." But, as Dr. Jeremy Rudnick explained on Today, it will still be fatal.

"It defies the odds," he said of Valerie’s response to chemotherapy as well as alternative treatments, but warns that the cancer will "develop resistance to the therapy."


"It’s not a matter of if (the cancer becomes resistant), it’s a matter of when."

"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," he said.

And Harper interjected cheerily, "We’re looking at Christmas!"

"Life is about buying time," Rudnick added on the NBC show.

Harper added,"Exactly … That’s what I always say."

We can’t wait to see her on the new season.