The actor was asked about his Beverly Hills, 90210 and BH90210 co-star, who revealed earlier this year that her cancer had returned — and progressed to stage 4 terminal cancer.
“Last time I heard from her she was in pretty good spirits,” said Priestley, who revealed that he reaches out to Doherty “every few months just to check in on her and say hi.”
He continued, “Shannen’s a real tough girl. Shannen’s a fighter, and she’s always been a fighter. I know that she will continue to fight as hard as she can.”
In February, Doherty announced that her cancer, which she was first diagnosed with in 2015, had returned the previous summer, while she was shooting the BH90210 reunion series. While she had been candid amid her first battle — bravely sharing her journey undergoing a single mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and reconstructive surgery — she kept it quiet the second time, speaking publicly about it only after a lawsuit with her insurance company State Farm. (In the lawsuit, her attorneys stated that Doherty is "dying of stage 4 terminal cancer.”)
At the time the news became public, Doherty said on social media, “To say I have stress is an understatement. To say that I’m struggling is mild.”
During the pandemic, Doherty has shared regular updates with her followers, but not medical ones — just what she’s been up to. She’s had lots of visits from another celebrity, her friend Sarah Michelle Gellar, and did some live cooking segments for her Instagram followers. She’s also enjoyed TLC from her husband, Kurt Iswarienko.
On Doherty’s 49th birthday in April, Iswarienko wrote on social media that “quarantine needs a better name” because “it’s been a good journey in many ways. It isn’t all bad. We’ve had to stop and re-examine our ways of moving and thinking about things - internal and external voices that influenced us that needed to slow down and sync up so simple beautiful things like joy are easier to see.” That led him to share that he was “joyful” to be able to celebrate his wife, whom he married in 2011.