August 29th, 2013
05:19 PM ET
Valerie Harper's cancer diagnosis has taken a turn for the better.
The actress revealed in March that she was battling a rare, terminal form of cancer that doctors believed left her with just three to six months to live.
But in late August, the 74-year-old actress said on "Today" that she's getting "pretty close to remission."
Since her diagnosis, Harper has been undergoing chemotherapy in addition to Eastern treatments like acupuncture.
"Spontaneous remission lives as a possibility," the sitcom star said on "Today." "A lot of stuff that looks impossible is not, and every day there's evidence of it."
In June, Harper received more of that evidence. Although her illness is incurable, doctors had good news when Harper went in for an MRI test: her scans showed that she was improving.
"We're getting pretty close to a remission," Harper's doctor said, admitting that he didn't expect for Harper to have survived as long as she has. "It defies the odds."
Harper still has to stay on top of her treatment, as her doctor noted that it isn't a matter of if the cancer becomes resistant, but when. Yet for now, the actress is reveling in the impossible becoming possible.
For more on Harper's journey, look out for NBC's hour-long documentary on the star's fight with cancer that's scheduled to air on September 19 at 10 p.m.
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