Shannen Doherty Shares Positive Update on Cancer Treatment

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Shannen Doherty on the Kelly Clarkson Show  - Credit: Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal via Getty Images
Shannen Doherty on the Kelly Clarkson Show - Credit: Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Shannen Doherty has shared an update regarding her ongoing battle with stage four cancer, speaking with her oncologist Dr. Amin Mirhadi on her Let’s Be Clear podcast on Monday, and briefly discussing a new cancer infusion treatment she’s been undergoing that she described as a “miracle.”

The  52-year-old Beverly Hills, 90210 star was vague on the details regarding the treatment and wouldn’t specify on the podcast what the new infusion treatment was, but described the treatment as a positive development in her long battle with illness.

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“After four treatments, we didn’t really see a difference and everybody wanted me to switch, and I just kinda was like, ‘We’re gonna keep going with this and see,'” Doherty said. “After the sixth, seventh treatment we really saw it breaking down the blood-brain barrier. Do I call that a miracle? Yeah. For me, that happens to be a miracle right now. That I sort of rolled the dice and said, ‘Let’s keep going.'”

Doherty has been candid about her experience with cancer for years. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, and revealed in 2020 that it had returned and reached stage four. Over the summer, Doherty shared a video of her speaking with a medical professional before she went under for surgery to take out a tumor in her head. Late last year, she’d revealed that the cancer had spread to her bones.

Elsewhere during the Monday podcast, Doherty said she frequently looks at an image one of her doctors had given her of her brain opened up. “When I got done with brain surgery and I got home, I showed it to as many people as I possibly could. Some were horrified by it, some enjoyed it like I do.”

She and her doctor focused on the importance of finding positivity both for a patient’s mental and physical health when fighting the disease.

“Hope is always there. I can die today, I can die in 20 years, I don’t know. I can die walking outside of my house and a tree falling on me or a bus hitting me or whatever. Or I can die of cancer,” Doherty said. “But all I can do is live each day in as much of a positive manner with a lot of hope as I can and embrace it and be like, ‘Wow, I get to wake up again today, and what do I get to do? I think that positivity that you bring into your life helps you with your whole body.”

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