Shannen Doherty Shares Heartbreaking Cancer Update

The 90210 star was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in 2015.
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Shannen Doherty has revealed heartbreaking details on how she is preparing for death.

The Beverly Hills, 90210 alum who has been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer revealed on an episode of her podcast that she has begun cleaning out her storage units and homes to make for an “easier transition” for her mum when she dies.

“My priority at the moment is my mum,” she said. “I know it’s going to be hard on her if I pass away before her.”

“Because it’s going to be so hard on her, I want other things to be a lot easier. I don’t want her to have a bunch of stuff to deal with. I don’t want her to have four storage units filled with furniture.”

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It’s one of many updates the actress has provided fans during her cancer journey. In late 2023, she revealed that her stage four breast cancer had spread to her bones. 

Speaking to People at the time, the 52-year-old shared that despite her cancer metastasising, she is determined to keep living life to the fullest. 

“I don’t want to die… I’m not done with living. I’m not done with loving, I’m not done creating. I’m not done with hopefully changing things for the better,” she shared.

“People just assume that [cancer] means you can’t walk, you can’t at, you can’t work. They put you out to pasture at a very early age – ‘You’re done, you’re retired,’ and we’re not… We are people who want to work and embrace life and keep moving forward.”

The update came almost six months after the actor shared that her cancer had metastasised and had spread to her brain.

“On January 5th, my CT scan showed Mets in my brain,” the Charmed actress wrote to Instagram at the time.”Yesterday’s video was showing the process of getting fitted for the mask which you wear during radiation to your brain,” she continued, adding that her first round of radiation took place on January 12, 2023. 

Reflecting on her diagnosis, Shannen told People, “When you ask yourself, ‘Why me? Why did I get cancer?’ and then, ‘Why did my cancer come back? Why am I stage four?’, that leads you to look for the bigger purpose in life.”


shannen doherty cancer update
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In 2020, five years after going into remission, Shannen revealed her breast cancer had returned and had progressed to stage four. 

Speaking on ABC’s Good Morning America at the time, the actor broke down while discussing her diagnosis, admitting it’s a “hard pill to swallow”.

“It’s going to come out in a matter of days or weeks that I am stage four, my cancer came back and that’s why I am here. I definitely have days where I say, ‘Why me?’ And then I go, ‘Well, why not me? Who else? Who else besides me deserves this?’ None of us do. I don’t think I’ve processed it.”

As for why she decided to announce the news so unexpectedly, the Charmed actress said her health condition would most likely come out in court, as she was in the process of suing insurance giant State Farm after her home was severely damaged in a 2018 fire. 

“I’d rather people hear it from me. I don’t want it to be twisted. I don’t want it to be a court.” 

The actor opened up on her recent diagnosis in an interview with People. (Credit: Getty)

Opting to keep her diagnosis private in the early days of her cancer journey, Shannen shared that she wanted to place her full attention on her return to 90210 to uphold the legacy of her late co-star Luke Perry. 

“One of the reasons, along with Luke, that I did 90210 and didn’t really tell anybody [was] because I thought, people can look at that [as] people with stage 4 can work too,” she explained in the ABC News interview.

She added: “Our life doesn’t end the minute we get that diagnosis. We still have some living to do.”

Shannen said she will continue to use her platform to raise awareness and inspire others who are experiencing similar difficulties. 

“I think the thing I want to do the most right now is I want to make an impact,” she said. “I want to be remembered for something bigger than just me.”

Shannen has always been open about her battle with cancer. (Credit: Getty)

The year prior, Shannen opened up to Health magazine about how she deals with the worrying diagnosis, admitting her cancer battle forced her to become strong and independent in ways she’d never felt before. 

“I felt more feminine and vulnerable than I’ve felt in my entire life,” she said at the time. “I was always used to being the strong one, and during that time period, every wall I’d built up in my life came down.”

“I also had a lot more time to look at myself and say, ‘I’m a pretty okay person’ and cut myself some slack. I’ve had a lot of those epiphanies. It’s okay to stumble.”

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