Shannen Doherty reveals Stage 4 breast cancer
"I'd rather people hear it from me," says former 90210 and Charmed star.
Former Beverly Hills 90210 and Charmed star Shannen Doherty has revealed she is battling Stage 4 breast cancer.
Doherty was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and went into remission two years later.
The aggressive disease has since come back, spreading beyond the breasts.
Speaking on Good Morning America she said: “It’s going to come out in a matter of days or a week that I’m stage four.
“So my cancer came back.”
She added, “I’d rather people hear it from me.”
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Doherty has openly documented her battle with cancer on social media – posting videos of herself exercising alongside the hashtag #cancerslayer.
During the filming of last year’s 90210, which came just months after the death of former co-star Luke Perry, she kept the news of her latest diagnosis to herself.
“It’s so weird for me to be diagnosed and then somebody who was seemingly healthy to go first,” said Doherty.
“It was really shocking. And the least I could do to honour him was to do that show. I still haven’t done enough, in my opinion.”
She only told co-star Brian Austin Green about her diagnosis.
“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 also involved in a lawsuit against an insurance company over wildfire damage to her home, talking to Good Morning America to get ahead of the news.
Her health condition was to be made public via court documents when the case goes to trial.
“I don’t want it to be twisted. I don’t want it to be a court document,” she said. “I want it to be real and authentic, and I want to control the narrative.”