Dr. Mehmet Oz spoke with actress Valerie Harper about her brain cancer and with Dr. Kelly Turner about radical cancer remission on the Nov. 25 episode of the Dr. Oz Show. Harper was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in January 2013 and was given three months to live. Almost two years later, Valerie is still alive and well.
Harper said she’s not sure why she’s still alive, but has been treating her leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare incurable brain cancer, with acupuncture, herbal teas and exercising daily with Tony Cacciotti, her husband of 27 years. In 2013, Valerie underwent chemotherapy for her brain cancer.
Dr. Oz asked Harper how she maintains her positive attitude in the face of death. Valerie, 75, said death is always around the corner for everyone, but we can’t allow negativity and pessimism to take over our lives.
Harper said she spends a lot of time visualizing herself beating cancer and being healthy. Valerie said visualization is critical for beating disease because your mind exerts a lot of power over the health of your body.
Harper previously battled lung cancer in 2009. She was shocked by her lung cancer diagnosis because she had always led a healthy lifestyle and never smoked. In August 2013, about eight months after her terminal brain cancer diagnosis, Valerie revealed she was close to remission.
Dr. Oz discussed the phenomenon of radical cancer remission, which is when a patient’s cancer spontaneously disappears after surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy have failed to eradicate it. Dr. Oz spoke to Dr. Kelly Turner, who said she has personally witnessed radical cancer remission among numerous patients.
Dr. Turner, author of Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds, said the common link among patients who experience radical remission is a deep commitment to positive thinking and gratitude. Dr. Turner said just spending five minutes a day feeling grateful can release healing hormones throughout your body that boosts your immune system.
On a previous episode of the Dr. Oz Show, his guest was a 50-year-old woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 35. She underwent several surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy and was given just five years to live.
The woman embarked on a spiritual journey and focused all her emotional energy on healing her cancer. After 18 months of her positive-thinking/gratitude therapy, her cancer spontaneously disappeared. She has been in remission for 14 years.