Shannen Doherty has officially kicked breast cancer’s butt. The 46-year-old actress — who has been bravely battling the condition for more than two years — announced that the disease is in remission. In a poignant Instagram post, the “Charmed” star shared her happy news with fans.
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“What does remission mean?” Doherty asks in the photo caption. “I heard that word and have no idea how to react. Good news? YES. Overwhelming. YES.”
While there’s no denying that this is incredible news, ShanDo knows that she isn’t completely cured. She explains that “the next five years [are] crucial” and that cancer recurrences “happen all the time.”
Moments. They happen. Today was and is a moment. What does remission mean? I heard that word and have no idea how to react. Good news? YES. Overwhelming. YES. Now more waiting. As every single one of my fellow cancer family knows, the next five years is crucial. Reoccurrences happen all the time. Many of you have shared that very story with me. So with a heart that is certainly lighter, I wait. In the meantime, decisions. Reconstruction which is several surgeries. Decision on taking a pill for the next five years that comes with its own set of problems and side effects. I am blessed, I know that. But for now.... remission. I'm going to just breathe. #cancerslayer
She writes, “Many of you have shared that very story with me,” referring to having cancer recur after remission. “So with a heart that is certainly lighter, I wait. In the meantime, decisions.”
Doherty explains that she still needs to get breast reconstruction (she had a single mastectomy in May 2016), which requires several surgeries. She will also have to make a decision about taking a pill for the next five years that, according to the #cancerslayer, comes with its own set of problems and side effects.”
She concludes her announcement by acknowledging how lucky she is. “I am blessed, I know that. But for now…. remission. I’m going to just breathe,” she says.
Since receiving her breast cancer diagnosis in March 2015, Doherty has been boldly documenting her experiences and struggles on social media, sharing about everything from her diet and workouts to radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
In August 2016, Doherty tragically announced that the cancer spread to her lymph nodes. But after two years of intensive treatment and undeniable bravery, she can finally breathe a small sigh of relief.
First day of radiation treatment. I look like I'm about to make a run for it which is accurate. Radiation is frightening to me. Something about not being able to see the laser, see the treatment and having this machine moving around you just scares me. I'm sure I'll get used to it but right now.... I hate it. #radiation #radiationmondaysucks #stillfightinglikeagirl
What are Doherty’s chances of remaining cancer-free over the next five years? It’s hard to say, given that various factors — such as the size of the original tumor, where it spread to and other details about genes and specific cells — come into play. But the majority of people who go into remission end up remaining cancer-free in the long run, which is fantastic news for the star.
Now how about that “Beverly Hills, 90210” reunion movie?
What Do YOU Think?
How happy are you for Shannen Doherty? What do you think about her battle with breast cancer? Do you have any experience with cancer going into remission?