Shannen Doherty Just Revealed Her Breast Cancer Is Back—And It's Stage 4

  • Shannen Doherty revealed her breast cancer has returned in an interview with Good Morning America.
  • She’s been diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer, the most advanced form of the disease.
  • She says she’s still trying to process the diagnosis.

Actress Shannen Doherty, 48, announced this morning in an exclusive interview with ABC’s Good Morning America that her breast cancer has returned, and that it is now stage 4.

“I don’t think that I’ve processed it,” she said in the interview. “It’s a bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways. I definitely have days where I say, ‘Why me?’ And then I go, ‘Well why not me? Who else? Who else beside me deserves this?’ None of us do. I would say that my first reaction is always concern about how am I going to tell my mom, my husband.” (She’s married to Kurt Iswarienko.)

The 90210 actress was first diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2015, and she underwent chemo and radiation, and also had breast reconstruction after undergoing a mastectomy in May 2018. And she was in remission by September 2018.

Shannen says that she kept working on the 90201 reboot BH90210 even after she had her stage 4 diagnosis. And her co-star Luke Perry’s death also inspired her to keep working.

“It’s so weird for me to be diagnosed and then somebody who was, you know, seemingly healthy to go first,” said Shannen. “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.”

But by doing so, she was hoping to inspire others who may have a similar diagnosis to keep fighting.

“It’s a hard one because I thought when I finally do come out I would have worked and worked 16 hours a day and people can look at that and say, ‘Oh my God, she can work and other people with stage 4 can work,'” Doherty continued. “Our life doesn’t end the minute we get that diagnosis. We still have some living to do.”

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