Shannen Doherty Announces Stage 4 Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Shannen Doherty revealed heartbreaking news in an interview with “Good Morning America” that aired Tuesday.

Speaking to ABC News' Amy Robach, the “Beverly Hills, 90210” star announced she has stage 4 breast cancer. The actress first shared her breast cancer diagnosis in 2015, and said she was in remission in 2017.

"It's going to come out in a matter of days or a week that — I'm stage 4. So my cancer came back. And that's why I'm here," the 48-year-old said in regard to her cancer’s recurrence. "I don't think I've processed it. It's a bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways."

The “Charmed” alum — who wed husband Kurt Iswarienko in 2011 — added, “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. But I would say that my first reaction is always concern about how — how am I going to tell my mom, my husband."

Doherty has been privately battling her illness for over a year — including the time when she filmed the “BH90210” reboot.

Shannen was also mourning the March 2019 death of her friend and former co-star, Luke Perry.

"It's so weird for me to be diagnosed and then somebody who was, you know, seemingly healthy to go first," she said. "It was really, like, shocking. And the least I could do to honor him was to do that show. I still haven't done, in my opinion. So it's a hard one."

Doherty admits she did not share her diagnosis with the entire “BH90210” crew to prove she could still work.

"One of the reasons, along with Luke —that I did '90210' and didn't really tell anybody because I thought, people can look at that other people with stage four can work, too,” she said. “Like, you know, our life doesn't end the minute we get that diagnosis. We still have some living to do.”

Though she struggled to keep up with the grueling demands of set life, she received support from castmate, Brian Austin Green.

"I had moments of great anxiety where I thought, 'I can't really do this,' and Brian was the one person who — of that group of people that knew — that I told, like, pretty quickly and said, 'Here, the — this is what I'm dealing with,'" she said. "So prior to shooting he would always call me and say, 'Listen, you know, whatever happens, I have your back.' He would look at me and be like, 'We got this, kiddo'... So Brian helped me through a lot."

We are sending love and positivity to Shannen during this difficult time.


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