Little House on the Prairie actress Shannen Doherty has been grappling with the cancer battle for a year now. Nevertheless, Doherty persistently fought stage four cancer without revealing it to her fans.
Still, she couldn't keep hiding the illness for long and spilled it out in a heartbreaking interview with Good Morning America on February 4, 2020. What else did the 48-years old actress say about her cancer diagnosis? All the details in the article!
Shannen Doherty First Diagnosed With Cancer In 2015
In an exclusive interview with the People in August 2015, Doherty revealed that she has been battling breast cancer and was undergoing treatment along with changed diet plans to combat the disease.
The 48-years old actress had filed a lawsuit against her business management firm Tanner Mainstain Glynn & Johnson. According to TMZ, her insurance had been canceled because of the firm and Doherty couldn't re-enroll until 2015.
During the insurance lapse, Shannen did not regularly visit the doctor. She received the insurance back in March 2015, after which she made an appointment with her doctor and learned about the breast cancer spreading to the lymph nodes as a result of a late diagnosis.
In an emotional talk on The Dr. Oz Show in 2016, Heathers actress talked about receiving anti-estrogen treatment since the tumors would feed on the estrogen. The therapy helped in blocking the hormone and shrinking the tumor.
Moreover, it was also followed to proceed lumpectomy instead of mastectomy; however, because of the presence of multiple tumors, she underwent a single mastectomy in May 2016.
With the ET, Doherty also stated,
"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."
Two years after the diagnosis and the surgery, she talked about feeling 'great' after undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Received Support From Her Co-Star Brian Austin Green
Shannen learned about the recurrence of cancer when her Beverly Hills 90210 co-star, Luke Perry, died in March 2019. She talked about getting inspiration from Perry to go and work despite her illness stating,
“It was so weird for me to be diagnosed and then somebody who was seemingly healthy to go first."
On the set, Doherty received support from actor Brian Austin Green who was the only one to know about Doherty's stage four cancer at the time.
In a conversation with Hollywood Life, Shannen exclaimed,
“Prior to shooting, he would always call me and say, listen, whatever happens, I have your back. We were able to talk about Luke in a way that was very positive and uplifting and sort of remember a lot of great moments.”
In addition to Green, she has also received support from her former co-stars Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan.
It is courageous of Doherty to come forward with her cancer story in the Good Morning America. We hope Shannen wins the battle against cancer and is sending all the well-wishes her way for a speedy recovery.