Saturday, September 21, 2013
"Millionaire" host produces documentary for NBC on cancer survivor Valerie Harper
Meredith Vieira, former host of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”, has produced and directed a one hour documentary “Valerie’s Story” (Sept. 19), about actress Valerie Harper’s battle with cancer.
She was originally diagnosed with cancer (at 73) after a wrist Xray showed a metastasis of a bizarre lung cancer. The cancer then spread to her brain. Valerie pointed out that 60% of lung cancers occur in non-smokers.
The documentary took her through repeated medical tests that showed near remission, as well as alternative therapies. It did not dwell on the hair loss, nausea, and need for support as much as have other documentaries.
Harper also says that cancer conspiracy theories are “beyond stupid”.