Actress Shannen Doherty, facing stage 4 breast cancer that has now reached her bones, remains hopeful and determined.
In a recent interview with People Magazine, the 52-year-old expressed her ongoing optimism and resolve, despite the progression of her cancer. She emphasizes her commitment to continue acting, support cancer research, and cherish the broader aspects of her life.
“I don’t want to die,” Doherty shared.
Best known for her roles in “Charmed” and “Beverly Hills, 90210,” Doherty is seeking to participate in clinical trials for new treatments. She is motivated by a strong desire to demonstrate her ability to work despite her cancer.
“I’m not done with living,” she stated to People. “I’m not done with loving, creating, or making a positive impact. I’m just not done.”
Doherty’s journey with cancer began nearly ten years ago. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, which she discovered after her dog Bowie persistently sniffed her side, the cancer later spread to her lymph nodes. This led to her undergoing eight rounds of chemotherapy and radiation.
After a period of remission in 2017, Doherty’s tumor markers increased the following year. In 2020, she publicly announced on “Good Morning America” that her cancer had returned and progressed to stage 4, as defined by the American Cancer Society.
In June, Doherty emotionally disclosed that the cancer had spread to her brain through a poignant video during radiation therapy.
Speaking to People, Doherty expressed frustration over the misconceptions surrounding cancer patients, emphasizing that her life’s journey is far from over.