Shannen Doherty says cancer has spread to her bones: ‘I don’t want to die’

Shannon Doherty is not losing hope after announcing that her stage 4 breast cancer has spread to her bones.

In a story published Wednesday, the 52-year-old actress said People Magazine that she is still in high spirits despite the cancer spreading. She said she is determined to move forward with her acting work, raise awareness for cancer research and “reflect on the big picture” of her life.

“I don’t want to die,” Doherty said.

The “Charmed” and “Beverly Hills, 90210” actress said she hopes to enter clinical trials as new treatments are developed, but what drives her now is the desire to “prove” she can work on despite his cancer diagnosis.

“I’m not done living,” she told People “I’m not done loving. I’m not done creating. I’m not done hopefully changing things for the better. I’m just not—I is not finished.”

Doherty has dealt with her cancer diagnosis for nearly a decade. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 after she said her dog Bowie began to “obsessed sniffing” her page. By 2016, the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes and she had to undergo eight rounds of chemotherapy and radiation.

She went inside remission in 2017, but a year later her tumor markers were “elevated,” according to the Associated Press. Then in 2020, she announced on “Good Morning America” ​​that it had returned as phase 4which means it has spread beyond its original location, according to the American Cancer Society.

Then in June, she shared the spread of the cancer to her brain in one emotional video where she cried when she was irradiated.

Doherty told People that she was frustrated with how she has been treated since her diagnosis, with people assuming that cancer patients are done with life.

“People just assume that means you can’t walk, you can’t eat, you can’t work. They put you out to pasture at a very early age — ‘You’re done, you’re retired,’ and that’s we don’t,” she said. “We are alive and we have such a different outlook on life. We are people who want to work and embrace life and keep moving forward.”

But Doherty said she has a lot to look forward to and is relying on her faith now more than ever.

“My biggest memory is yet to come,” Doherty said. “I pray. I wake up and go to bed thanking God, asking for the things that matter to me without asking for too much. It connects me to a higher power and spirituality. My faith is my mantra.”

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