Shannen Doherty revealed Tuesday a battle with stage 4 cancer, three years after finishing treatment for breast cancer.
Doherty, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, opened up on “Good Morning America” that she had been privately living with cancer again for a year. She did not specify the type of cancer during her interview.
Doherty said her first concern was how she was going to tell her family members.
“I don’t think that I’ve processed it,” Doherty told Amy Robach. “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 besides me deserves this?’ None of us do.”
After nearly five years since the famed “90210” and “Charmed” actress’ initial breast cancer diagnosis, she told ABC News “I’m stage four – my cancer came back,” and has kept it private for a year. https://gma.abc/3b9eMhz
Posted by Good Morning America on Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Doherty is currently in the middle of a lawsuit against State Farm over claims she was forced to pay out of pocket after her house was “severely damaged” in the 2018 Woolsey fire. She said she decided to come forward with her diagnosis because legal documents, which mention her cancer, will soon be made public ahead of the trial.
“I’d rather people hear it from me,” she said. “I don’t want it to be twisted; I don’t want it to be a court document. I want it to be real and authentic and I want to control the narrative. I want people to know from me.”
Doherty did not share a specific date for her new diagnosis, but revealed she worked on the “BH 90210” reboot last year amid her health struggles. She said decided to join the cast in part to pay tribute to the late Luke Perry, but also to be an example to others battling cancer.
“It was so weird for me to be diagnosed and then somebody who was seemingly healthy to go first,” the star said. “It was really shocking and the least I could do to honor him was do that show. I still haven’t done enough in my opinion.”
“I thought… people can look at that and say, ‘Oh my God, yeah. She can work and other people with stage 4 can work, too.’ Our life doesn’t end the minute we get that diagnosis,” she added.