Weeks before the sudden death of her friend and former on-screen love interest Luke Perry in March 2019, Shannen Doherty was told she had stage four cancer.
The 48-year-old, best known for her roles on Beverly Hills, 90210 and Charmed, told Good Morning America she had been living with the news privately for a year.
“It’s going to come out in a matter of days or a week that – I’m stage four. So my cancer came back. And that’s why I’m here,” Doherty told Amy Robach. “I don’t think I’ve processed it. It’s a bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways.”
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Doherty was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. She documented her treatment – from chemotherapy to radiotherapy to a single mastectomy – through social media, and in 2017 announced she was in remission.
Then in early 2019, she was told of her recurrence.
“I definitely have days where I say ‘why me?’. And then I go, well, ‘why not me? Who else? Who else besides me deserves this?’ None of us do,” she said.
“And I would say that my first reaction is always concern about how, how am I going to tell my mum, my husband.”
After being diagnosed last year, and about four months after the sudden death of Perry from a stroke, Doherty returned to work to film the 90210 reboot.
“Why wasn’t it me? It was so weird for me to be diagnosed and then somebody who was seemingly healthy to go first,” Doherty told GMA through tears.
“It was really shocking and the least I could do to honour him was to do that show. I still haven’t done enough in my opinion.”
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