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Shannen Doherty shares emotional cancer update with fans

''The fear was overwhelming...''
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In a heartbreaking update, actress Shannen Doherty has told fans she is “crying constantly” as she continues to battle cancer.

The former 90210 and Charmed actress announced that her breast cancer had returned as Stage IV in 2020, later revealing the cancer had further metastasized and spread to her brain in 2023.

Shannen opened up about her battle with the ferocious disease during an appearance at ’90s Con in Florida in September.

“I have a fight for my life that I deal with every day,” she told the crowd, who gave her a standing ovation. “You guys know how much I love crying constantly. And I do, it seems. So, thank you.”

Shannen Doherty undergoes treatment for her cancer.

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She shared another devastating update to her fans as she revealed that her stage four cancer has spread to her bones.

Shannon told People magazine that she is remaining positive after the news bravely stating, “I don’t want to die.”

“I’m not done with living. I’m not done with loving. I’m not done with creating. I’m not done with hopefully changing things for the better. I’m just not done.”

In January 2024 she gave another update on her podcast Let’s Be Clear, explaining she’s desperate for new advancements in treatment.

“I always talk about the fact that we just need to squeeze out another three to five years, and then there’s going to be T-cell therapy or there’s going to be this,” the star said.

“There’s going to be a lot more options that will give another five years.”

The 52-year-old star was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. Following a mastectomy and chemotherapy, she announced she was in remission three years later. However, the cancer returned in 2020 and continued to spread.

WATCH: Shannen Doherty opens up about her battle with breast cancer. Article continues after video.

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Shannen began radiation therapy in January 2023 and posted a video of the process to her Instagram page.

“January 12, the first round of radiation took place,” she wrote on Instagram. “My fear is obvious. I am extremely claustrophobic and there was a lot going on in my life. I am fortunate as I have great doctors like Dr Amin Mirahdi and the amazing techs at Cedar Sinai [Medical Centre].”

“But that fear… The turmoil… the timing of it all… This is what cancer can look like.”

In a follow-up post, she wrote about her surgery four days later.

“I had a tumor in my head they wanted to remove and also biopsy,” she wrote on Instagram. “I am clearly trying to be brave but I am petrified. The fear was overwhelming to me. Scared of all possible bad outcomes, worried about leaving my mom and how that would impact her. Worried that I would come out of surgery not me anymore. This is what cancer can look like.”

Sarah Michelle Gellar responded to the video, telling Shannen: “You are a warrior.”

Selma Blair – who’s fighting her own battle with multiple sclerosis – commented: “This is a lot. This is a lot to take on, still again. And I am wishing for all the wise peace you have learned to find you in the terror moments. To know we are holding you. Love. All love.”

Shannen was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015.

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During her Let’s Be Clear Podcast in early 2024, she shared that her new cancer infusion wasn’t working and doctors were telling her she should switch but she wanted to stick through with it.

“After the sixth or seventh treatment, we really saw it breaking down the blood-brain barrier. Do I call that a miracle? Yeah. For me, that happens to be a miracle right now. That I sort of rolled the dice and said, ‘let’s keep going.'” She shared.

Shannen has continued to provide small insights into her battle with cancer since it first returned in 2020.

Shannen has been open about her difficult journey.

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In October 2021, she shared a photo of herself during a nosebleed – penning an emotional caption about her journey.

“For breast cancer awareness month, I’d like to share more of my own personal journey from my first diagnosis to my second,” she wrote on Instagram. “Is it all pretty? NO but it’s truthful and my hope in sharing is that we all become more educated, more familiar with what cancer looks like.

“I hope I encourage people to get mammograms, to get regular checkups, to cut thru the fear and face whatever might be in front of you. In 2015 I got diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a mastectomy and did chemo and radiation. I had many nose bleeds from the chemo. Not sure if any of you experienced this.

“I also was beyond tired. I cheered myself up by putting on funny pajamas that my friend Kristy gave me. Did they actually cheer me up? Yes!! Lol. I looked ridiculous and in that ridiculousness, I was able to laugh at myself. Finding humor helped get me thru what seemed impossible. I hope we all find humor in the impossible.”

Our thoughts are with the actress as she continues her brave battle.

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