Shannen Doherty’s Six-Year Battle With Breast Cancer Is ‘A Part Of Life’: ‘I Never Really Complain’

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Shannen Doherty’s Six-Year Battle With Breast Cancer Is “A Part Of Life At This Stage”: “I Never Really Complain”










Shannen Doherty spoke about living with stage four breast cancer.

The 50-year-old actress admitted her diagnosis was “a part of life at this stage” during the virtual panel for her upcoming Lifetime movie, based on a woman who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Shannen was first diagnosed with cancer in 2015 and went into remission two years later, but the cancer returned in 2020.

List of a Lifetime also stars Kelly Hu and Sylvia Kwan, and follows the story of a woman discovering meaningful new relationships after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I feel like I have a responsibility in my more public life, which I separate from my acting life …” she said.

“My husband says you would never know I have cancer. I never really complain. I’m not really talking about it. It’s part of life at this point.

Stay strong: Shannen was first diagnosed with cancer in 2015 and went into remission two years later, but the cancer came back in 2020;  seen in 2016

Stay strong: Shannen was first diagnosed with cancer in 2015 and went into remission two years later, but the cancer came back in 2020; seen in 2016

Doherty, who rose to prominence as affluent teenager Brenda Walsh in Beverly Hills, 90210, has been married to photographer Kurt Iswarienko since 2011.

The project was “the first thing I’ve done about cancer” since her diagnosis was revealed last year.

“I didn’t have to give advice to anyone because [of director Roxy Shih] and these lovely ladies who did such a great job with their own prep process, ”Doherty said.

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“We all introduced ourselves and honestly… it was truly an amazing pleasure to be a part, and I was blown away every second I got to work with these amazing women.”

Regarding her own “bucket list,” Shannen admitted that she wasn’t very interested in ticking boxes.

“I just think a bucket list is weird in my particular situation because it means I’m kind of trying to check things out before my time is up,” she said.

Support system: Doherty has been married to photographer Kurt Iswarienko since 2011

Support system: Doherty has been married to photographer Kurt Iswarienko since 2011

“I really feel like there is no bucket list because I’m going to be the longest living person with cancer. If I had to say one, it would just be life. It’s the only thing on my list at this point.

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She has remained a strong advocate for people living with a cancer diagnosis and refuting assumptions about terminal illness.

“I want people not to hear stage 4 cancer and think of the person who’s gray and falling and can’t move and they go to a hospice and they can’t work,” he said. she stated Sarah Michelle Gellar in an Entertainment Tonight interview in October.

“You are written off so quickly, even though you are vital, healthy and happy and want to go to work there.”

“Everyone is terminally ill,” she added at the time. “I could live a lot longer than someone who is perfectly healthy. You have no idea. ‘

The way they were: Doherty rose to prominence as affluent teenager Brenda Walsh in the hit drama series Beverly Hills, 90210

The way they were: Doherty rose to prominence as affluent teenager Brenda Walsh in the hit drama series Beverly Hills, 90210

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