Shannen Doherty, ‘90210’ actress, reveals she has stage 4 cancer

Carla Harmon
February 4, 2020

Our hearts go out to Shannen and her loved ones as she fights this battle.

The actor said she felt compelled to continue with the reboot after the sudden death of her former co-star, Luke Perry - despite secretly being diagnosed with stage four cancer at the time of his death in February a year ago. Now the 90210 star is sharing some devastating news of her own and reveals who helped her through filming of the Fox reboot.

Doherty was first diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015.

The 48-year-old actress said she had been private about fighting the cancer for a year because she wanted to prove she was able to work. "I am continuing to eat right, exercise and stay very positive about my life. Who else besides me deserves this?' None of us do". "I told, like, pretty quickly".

Going through the devastating illness, Doherty feared not knowing what lay ahead. She is also known for portraying Prue Halliwell on Charmed. "Is the chemo going to work? I want people to know from me". Everything else is manageable.

She has been married to photographer Kurt Iswarienko since 2011.

Shannen Doherty is fighting another battle with cancer almost three years after going into remission, the actress has revealed.

Stage four cancer means the illness has metastasised to another part of the body to form secondary cancers.

'It's going to come out in a matter of days or week that I am Stage 4, my cancer came back and that's why I am here.

"I don't think that I've processed it", she said.

"BH90210" also saw the return of fellow original cast members Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, and Tori Spelling, all playing heightened versions of themselves. "It was so weird for me to be diagnosed and then somebody who is seemingly healthy to go first". I still haven't done, in my opinion. Doherty made a decision to keep the diagnosis secret for a while, after previously sharing her journey through treatment very publicly on Instagram, because she wanted to prove that people diagnosed with stage four cancer "still have some living to do".

After her most recent diagnosis, she went to work on the "90210" reboot. "And then I go, well, why not me?" "It was really, like, shocking". "The least I could do to honor him was to do that show". "Our life doesn't just end the minute we get that diagnosis. We still have some living to do", she added.

'When I finally do come out, I will have worked and 16 hours a day and people can say, "oh my god she can work and other people with stage IV can work too", she remembered thinking.

"So prior to shooting he would always call me and say, "Listen, you know, whatever happens, I have your back.' He would look at me and be like, 'We got this, kiddo".so Brian helped me through a lot".

Doherty is now in the middle of a lawsuit against State Farm over claims she was forced to pay out of pocket after her house was "severely damaged" in the 2018 Woolsey fire. "I had moments of great anxiety", she said. I don't want it to be twisted. I don't want it to be a court document.

"I really took good care of myself, and I came out of it in as good of condition I think somebody [in my situation] could be in", said Doherty. "I want people to know from me".

Now, Doherty is focusing on making a difference.

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