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Shannen Doherty Has a Sad Update on Her Battle With Cancer

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Deborah Day is a lifestyle and entertainment writer and editor. Former editor in chief of and executive editor of, she has been published on,,, and other media sites, as well as in Maxim, Interview and Time Out NY magazines.
Shannen Doherty Has a Sad Update on Her Battle With Cancer
Shannen Doherty shares some sad updates about her illness. Photo Credit: Entertainment Tonight

Shannen Doherty, beloved star of '90s hit shows Beverly Hills 90210 and Charmed, revealed to Entertainment Tonight that her breast cancer has spread.

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In an interview, Doherty told ET's Jennifer Peros that she underwent a single mastectomy in May.

"I had breast cancer that spread to the lymph nodes, and from one of my surgeries we discovered that some of the cancer cells might have actually gone out of the lymph nodes," the 45-year-old actress told ET. "So for that reason, we are doing chemo, and then after chemo, I'll do radiation."

Read More: Instagram Is Going Wild Over Shannen Doherty's Brave Photos

"The unknown is always the scariest part," she said. "Pain is manageable, you know living without a breast is manageable, it's the worry of your future and how your future is going to affect the people that you love."

Doherty elicited an outpouring of public support recently after posting six photos to Instagram that documented the actress getting her head shaved.

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A photo posted by ShannenDoherty (@theshando) on

Read more about Doherty's journey in an August 1, 2016, post at

Doherty's illness was first reported in August 2015.

What Do YOU Think?

Have you or a loved one faced a protracted battle with breast cancer? Can you identify with the fear Doherty speaks of? Have you followed the actress's career over the years?

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