Shannen Doherty’s Stage 4 Cancer Spreads to Her Brain

Shannen Doherty, widely known for her role in “Beverly Hills, 90210,” emotionally disclosed that her battle with Stage 4 cancer has taken a new turn as it has spread to her brain. This diagnosis follows her previous revelation in 2020 about her ongoing struggle with cancer, which emerged years after completing treatment for breast cancer.

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CT Scan Reveals Brain Metastasis

On January 5th, 2023, Doherty received the distressing news from a CT scan that her cancer had metastasized to her brain. Sharing the update on Instagram, she posted a video of herself going through the process of getting fitted for a radiation mask specifically designed for the treatment of brain cancer. 

Overcoming Fear and Turmoil

In her Instagram post, Doherty expressed her obvious fear and the immense challenge she faces due to her extreme claustrophobia and the overwhelming circumstances in her life. However, she acknowledged her gratitude for the exceptional medical care provided by her doctors, such as Dr. Amin Mirahdi, and the incredible technicians at Cedars-Sinai. Doherty candidly stated that her current battle exemplifies the unpredictable and tumultuous nature of cancer.

Messages of Support

Actress Selma Blair, who has been open about her own multiple sclerosis diagnosis, responded to Doherty’s post, expressing her empathy and offering heartfelt support during this difficult time. Sarah Michelle Gellar, Doherty’s co-star in “Cruel Intentions,” referred to her as a warrior, acknowledging her strength in the face of adversity. Director Kevin Smith, a close friend of Doherty’s, reassured her of his unwavering support and admiration, urging her to embrace her indomitable spirit.

Personal Life Updates

Aside from her health battle, Doherty also experienced significant personal changes. In April, the 52-year-old actress filed for divorce from her husband of 11 years, photographer Kurt Iswarienko. Doherty’s representative confirmed the divorce, emphasizing that she did not want the divorce but felt compelled to make the decision.

Previous Cancer Revelation

Doherty had previously shared her cancer journey in a 2020 interview on “Good Morning America.” Although she did not disclose the specific type of cancer, she acknowledged that it was a recurrence. The decision to make her diagnosis public stemmed from an ongoing legal dispute with State Farm regarding expenses she had to personally cover after her home suffered severe damage in the 2018 Woolsey fire. Doherty wanted to preemptively address her cancer, as legal documents referencing her condition were about to be made available to the public. In 2021, she emerged victorious in her lawsuit against the insurance company, with a federal jury in Los Angeles awarding her $6.3 million.

We here at Right Celebrity wish Shannon Doherty all the best.  Continue to fight the fight!


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