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Shannen Doherty says stage four cancer has spread to her bones

Jess Hardiman

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Shannen Doherty says stage four cancer has spread to her bones

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@theshando

Shannen Doherty has said her stage four cancer has sadly spread to her bones, saying in a poignant new interview that she 'doesn't want to die'.

Shannen, 52, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, at which point she had a mastectomy and underwent chemotherapy and radiation.

Two years later, she said she’d gone into remission, but in 2019 the cancer returned.

Shannen, 52, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. Credit: Instagram/@theshando
Shannen, 52, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. Credit: Instagram/@theshando
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The following year, Shannen - who played Brenda in the original 90210 – confirmed she had been diagnosed with metastatic stage four cancer, telling Good Morning America at the time: "It's going to come out in a matter of days or week that I am Stage 4, my cancer came back and that's why I am here."

"It's a bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways," she said, adding: "There are definitely days when I say 'why me?' and then there are days when I go 'why not me? Who else? Who else besides me deserves this? None of us'."

Earlier this year, she also revealed the cancer had spread to her brain, sharing heartbreaking footage of herself wearing a thermoplastic mask, crying as she received radiation treatment that targets and kills cancer cells.

Shannen has now shared a further update about her cancer journey, telling PEOPLE that it has spread to her bones.

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Doherty has used her social media to raise awareness of what it's like living with cancer. Credit: Instagram/ @theshando
Doherty has used her social media to raise awareness of what it's like living with cancer. Credit: Instagram/ @theshando

However, she is trying to remain optimistic, and is hoping to get into clinical trials as new treatments are developed.

She told the outlet: “I’m not done with living. I’m not done with loving. I’m not done with creating. I’m not done with hopefully changing things for the better,” she says, cracking a smile. "I’m just not — I’m not done.”

The star plans to share her story further with a memoir-style podcast called Let’s Be Clear with Shannen Doherty, which makes its debut on iHeartRadio on 6 December.

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“I don’t want to die,” she said, adding: “I know it sounds cheesy and crazy, but you’re just more aware of everything, and you feel so blessed.

"We’re the people who want to work the most, because we’re just so grateful for every second, every hour, every day we get to be here.”

Topics: Celebrity, Health

Jess Hardiman
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