Shannen Doherty shares ‘miracle’ update in battle with stage four breast cancer: ‘Hope is always there’

Shannen Doherty revealed there has been a ‘miracle’ amid her years-long battle with  stage four breast cancer on Monday’s episode of her Let’s Be Clear podcast.

While giving an update on her health, the Beverly Hills, 90210 star shared an exciting update from a recent treatment. 

‘I’m not gonna say what it is, I’m on a new cancer infusion and after four treatments, we didn’t really see a difference and everybody wanted me to switch, and I just kinda was like, ‘We’re gonna keep going with this and see,’ the actress, 52, recalled during her chat with radiation oncologist Dr. Amin Mirhadi. 

She continued: ‘And yeah, after the sixth or seventh treatment, we really saw it breaking down the blood-brain barrier.’

Shannen Doherty revealed there has been a ‘miracle’ amid her years-long battle with stage four breast cancer on Monday’s episode of her Let’s Be Clear podcast

‘Do I call that a miracle? Yeah,’ the Memphis native told listeners. ‘For me, that happens to be a miracle right now. That I sort of rolled the dice and said, ‘Let’s keep going.’ 

She went on to explain how the ‘breaking down that blood-brain barrier is actually a miracle of that drug’ and makes her feel God is ‘intervening and saying, ‘I’m gonna give her a break.” 

‘Sometimes you’re looking for miracles in all the wrong places, and they’re right in front of your face,’ Doherty raved. 

In November, she bravely opened up about not wanting ‘to die’ after learning that her breast cancer had spread to her bones.

‘I’m not done with living. I’m not done with loving. I’m not done with creating. I’m not done with hopefully changing things for the better. I’m just not done,’ the star said on her podcast. 

She also stated that she hopes to inspire others with her cancer journey as she explained: ‘When you ask yourself, “Why me? Why did I get cancer?” and then “Why did my cancer come back? Why am I stage 4?,” that leads you to look for the bigger purpose in life.’ 

‘We’re vibrant, and we have such a different outlook on life. We are people who want to work and embrace life and keep moving forward.’

In June, the Heathers star shared that her stage four breast cancer had spread to her brain.

While giving an update on her health, the Beverly Hills, 90210 star shared an exciting update from a recent treatment

While giving an update on her health, the Beverly Hills, 90210 star shared an exciting update from a recent treatment

'I'm not gonna say what it is, I'm on a new cancer infusion and after four treatments, we didn't really see a difference and everybody wanted me to switch, and I just kinda was like, 'We're gonna keep going with this and see,' the actress, 52, recalled during her chat with radiation oncologist Dr. Amin Mirhadi

‘I’m not gonna say what it is, I’m on a new cancer infusion and after four treatments, we didn’t really see a difference and everybody wanted me to switch, and I just kinda was like, ‘We’re gonna keep going with this and see,’ the actress, 52, recalled during her chat with radiation oncologist Dr. Amin Mirhadi

She also revealed that five months prior to that she had undergone a surgery in order to remove a brain tumor which she humorously named ‘Bob’.

Shannen told People: ‘He had to get removed and dissected to see his pathology. It was definitely one of the scariest things I’ve ever been through in my entire life.’

The actress had a CT scan done on January 5 that revealed cancer cells had spread from their original site to her brain — known as ‘brain metastases.

Breast cancer is among those most likely to lead to brain metastases which could cause a tumor or tumors in the brain, as per the Mayo Clinic.

Shannen explained that she underwent her first round of radiation therapy on January 12 and that she’s fearful despite having a ‘great’ medical team.

In November, she bravely opened up about not wanting 'to die' after learning that her breast cancer had spread to her bones ; she is seen in January 2023

In November, she bravely opened up about not wanting ‘to die’ after learning that her breast cancer had spread to her bones ; she is seen in January 2023

Included with her post was a heartbreaking clip of herself crying as she received the cancer treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

‘January 12, 2023,’ began Shannen. ‘On January 5th, my ct scan showed Mets in my brain.’

She then referenced a video clip shared Monday which showed her getting some sort of an MRI.

The star explained that it is part of the ‘process of getting fitted for the mask which you wear during radiation to your brain.’

In the clip, she is seen lying down as doctors placed a blue mold over her face. They had her bite down to make sure it adhered to her mouth and chin.

Shannen began to cry as they held the edges of the mask down and pinned them to a board behind her head before moving her into the machine.

'I¿m not done with living. I¿m not done with loving. I¿m not done with creating. I¿m not done with hopefully changing things for the better. I'm just not done,' the star said on her podcast last year (pictured this month)

‘I’m not done with living. I’m not done with loving. I’m not done with creating. I’m not done with hopefully changing things for the better. I’m just not done,’ the star said on her podcast last year (pictured this month)

The actress continued Tuesday: ‘January 12, the first round of radiation took place. My fear is obvious.’

Radiation treatment uses ‘energy beams to destroy cancer cells’ and it can ‘target all or part of the brain, depending on a person’s diagnosis,’ according to NYU Langone Health.

‘I am extremely claustrophobic and there was a lot going on in my life,’ Shannen wrote. ‘I am fortunate as I have great doctors like Dr Amin Mirahdi and the amazing techs at cedar sinai.

‘But that fear…. The turmoil….. the timing of it all…. This is what cancer can look like,’ the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum concluded. 

In June, the Heathers star shared that her stage four breast cancer had spread to her brain

In June, the Heathers star shared that her stage four breast cancer had spread to her brain 

Shannen explained that she underwent her first round of radiation therapy on January 12 and that she's still fearful despite having a 'great' medical team

Shannen explained that she underwent her first round of radiation therapy on January 12 and that she’s still fearful despite having a ‘great’ medical team

Breast cancer is among those most likely to lead to brain metastases which could cause a tumor or tumors in the brain, as per the Mayo Clinic

Breast cancer is among those most likely to lead to brain metastases which could cause a tumor or tumors in the brain, as per the Mayo Clinic 

Included with her post was a heartbreaking clip of herself crying as she received the cancer treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles

Included with her post was a heartbreaking clip of herself crying as she received the cancer treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015 that spread to her lymph nodes.

After undergoing a unilateral mastectomy and radiotherapy and chemotherapy, Shannen announced that her cancer was in remission in April 2017.

The actress then revealed in February 2020 that her cancer had returned and she was in stage four, before announcing June that it had spread to her brain and is terminal.

Shannen in April filed for divorce from her husband, Kurt Iswarienko, 49, after 11 years of marriage.

The official divorce paperwork obtained by TMZ revealed that the pair had been separated since January.

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015 that spread to her lymph nodes (pictured in 2019)

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015 that spread to her lymph nodes (pictured in 2019)

Shannen and Iswarienko exchanged vows and tied the knot in Malibu in October 2011.

Previously, she was married to actor Ashley Hamilton from 1993 to 1994, and her second marriage was with poker player Rick Salomon from 2002 to 2003.

Shannen portrayed Brenda Walsh in the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990 to 1994 and reprised the role for 90210 in 2008 and again in BH90210 in 2019.

She also is known for her portrayal of Prue Halliwell in the fantasy drama TV series Charmed.

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