The former Beverly HIlls, 90210 actress was diagnosed with breast cancer in February last year and she has revealed it has now been detected in her lymph nodes.
“I had breast cancer that spread to the lymph nodes, and from one of my surgeries we discovered that some of the cancer cells might have actually gone out of the lymph nodes.
“So for that reason, we are doing chemo, and then after chemo, I’ll do radiation.”
Best known for her roles as Brenda Walsh in Beverly Hills, 90210 and as Prue Halliwell in Charmed, Shannen Doherty has often been called difficult to work with and unprofessional. But that has not stopped the beautiful actress from growing up before our eyes on television and in movies since the mid-1980s, with other short-lived series and films.
A Tearful Journey
Doherty was originally diagnosed in March of 2015 with breast cancer and went through a single mastectomy to try and take control of the issue. But unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of her journey.
She has been open with her battle since her diagnosis, often posting stories about her experiences with chemotherapy and her medications for fans to see how the uphill battle cancer takes on a young woman’s body. She even posts video clips of her chemotherapy sessions so fans see what the battle is like.
Who I Am
“Cancer has in a strange way done some amazing things for me. It’s allowed me to be more me, like much more in touch with who I am, and much more vulnerable and the person that I always was, but I think it got hidden behind a lot of other stuff.” Doherty stated about her battle. However, she recently got terrible news from her doctors…
The Cancer Has Spread
Doctors recently gave the young actress more frightening news. Her cancer has started to spread. After the removal of one breast, they believed she was on the road to recovery, but the oncologists explained that the reason she was not improving was because the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes. Even after radiation therapy, it seems like some of the cancer traveled on through her body.
“Everything else is manageable. Pain is manageable, you know living without a breast is manageable, it’s the worry of your future and how your future is going to affect the people that you love.” She told Entertainment Tonight in a recent interview. She said she is losing weight, vomiting, and can barely get out of bed at times. She relies on her husband to help her get to the bathroom and to her appointments.
The Scariest Part
“The unknown is always the scariest part,” she shared with ET Online. “Is the chemo going to work? Is the radiation going to work? You know, am I going to have to go through this again, or am I going to get secondary cancer?” She says during her interview. She also states that the news of her cancer now spreading is “terribly frightening, and makes me afraid to go to sleep at night.”
Not Sure Of Her Future
She says she is not even certain the chemo and radiation is even working because she is constantly sick. She does, however manage to share every slice of her journey with her fans and for all of those interested in what happens when a person becomes cancer-stricken. Not sure how much longer she has to live, Shannen is proud that she can help others who are enduring cancer as well.