Valerie Harper's Husband Tony Cacciotti Rejects Doctors' Advice to Put Her in Hospice Care

Bettina Dizon
Jul 25, 2019
03:03 A.M.
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Tony Cacciotti shared a Face post revealing his refusal to put his wife, Valeria Harper, under hospice care despite her battle with cancer.

Valerie Harper has been battling cancer for years and was recently advised by medical professionals to be moved to hospice care. However, her husband, Tony Cacciotti, rejected the suggestion and shared his wife’s health update on Facebook.

REJECTING HOSPICE CARE

On Tuesday morning, Cacciotti, 78, posted about the doctors’ advice and his refusal to follow because of his promise to keep Harper in the best and most relaxed state during what could be her final moments on earth.

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Valerie Harper. | Source: Getty Images

“I have been told by doctors to put Val in Hospice care and I can’t [because of our 40 years of shared commitment to each other] and I won’t because of the amazing good deeds she has graced us with while she’s been here on earth,” he wrote.

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FIGHT OF THEIR LIVES

Harper’s husband added that he decided to keep his wife at their home, where he can be with her. Some days are suitable for the couple, while others, not so much, but together, they will keep fighting.

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Although chemotherapy is an option, the actresses neuro-oncologist disclosed that there are “limitations” in treating her condition.

Cacciotti also took the opportunity to thank everyone for their “kindness and support” during his wife’s difficult time. Although a GoFundMe page was set up for Harper, it was discontinued after different people from show business came to help with the actresses medical expenses.

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RETURN OF THE CANCER

Harper battled and defeated lung cancer in 2009, but was diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis in 2013 -- a rare and incurable rare ailment. Although chemotherapy is an option, the actresses neuro-oncologist disclosed that there are “limitations” in treating her condition.

Valerie Harper. | Source: Getty Images

“You have a train that’s moving 100 miles per hour, and what we’re doing is slowing down the train to five or ten miles per hour [using chemotherapy drugs],” he said.

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