Shannen Doherty Shares Cancer Update Generating 'Fear' And 'Turmoil'

The "Beverly Hills 90210" alum showed "this is what cancer can look like" in reporting that her battle had taken a difficult turn.

Actor Shannen Doherty revealed Tuesday that her advanced breast cancer has spread to her brain, filling her with fear and turmoil.

In an Instagram post showing the “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Charmed” alum receiving radiation treatment earlier this year, Doherty wrote that a scan on Jan. 5 indicated the cancer had metastasized to her brain.

“My fear is obvious,” she wrote. “I am extremely claustrophobic and there was a lot going on in my life.”

Doherty said she was fortunate to be treated by the medical staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, “but that fear.... The turmoil.... the timing of it all.... This is what cancer can look like.”

In the clip, Doherty’s face is bathed in red light as she tears up.

Doherty was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015 and announced the cancer was in remission in 2017. In 2020, she said the disease had advanced to stage 4.

In April, she filed for divorce from Kurt Iswarienko. While not mentioning the legal action, she wrote on Instagram on April 21: “The only people who deserve to be in your life are the ones who treat you with love, kindness and total respect.”

Shannen Doherty, pictured in 2019.
Shannen Doherty, pictured in 2019.
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