Shannen Doherty has shared a devastating update about her ongoing battle with stage four cancer. The former Beverly Hills 90210 star took to Instagram on Tuesday to reveal that her breast cancer has now spread to her brain.
In a heartfelt post accompanied by a video, Doherty opened up about the fear she experienced during a radiation treatment session where she had to wear a fitted mask.
“January 12, 2023. On January 5th, my ct scan showed Mets in my brain. Yesterday’s video was showing the process of getting fitted for the mask which you wear during radiation to your brain. January 12, the first round of radiation took place,” she wrote alongside the emotional footage that captured her tears inside the machine.
Doherty candidly expressed her obvious fear, particularly due to her extreme claustrophobia and the overwhelming circumstances in her life.
However, she also expressed gratitude for her exceptional medical team, including Dr. Amin Mirahdi, and the compassionate technicians at Cedar Sinai.
She acknowledged the challenging nature of the cancer journey, stating, “But that fear… The turmoil… The timing of it all… This is what cancer can look like.”
Earlier, on January 9, the Charmed actress had shared another video on social media documenting the process of medical professionals fitting her head for a mask that would ensure stability during her sessions inside the machine.
Doherty has been open about her cancer journey since her initial diagnosis in 2015. After undergoing multiple rounds of chemotherapy, she announced her remission in 2017. However, in 2020, during an interview on Good Morning America, she revealed that her cancer had returned and progressed to stage four, indicating its spread from the original site. In a subsequent interview with ET in 2021, the Heathers actress expressed her positive outlook for the future while acknowledging the ongoing challenges.
While hoping for advancements in cancer research and treatment, Doherty emphasized her commitment to raising awareness, fundraising, and supporting research efforts not just for herself but for everyone affected by cancer. She also expressed her desire for stable health and the continuation of meaningful relationships with her loved ones. Professionally, she aspired for her work to thrive and for opportunities to collaborate with individuals she has long admired and desired to work with.
Shannen Doherty’s journey serves as a poignant reminder of the physical and emotional toll that cancer can inflict on individuals. Her courage and determination in the face of adversity continue to inspire many, as she navigates the difficult path ahead with resilience and a fervent hope for progress in the fight against this devastating disease.