Shannen Doherty, known for her role in the TV show “Charmed,” has bravely opened up about her ongoing health struggles. In February 2020, she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Recently, she took to Instagram to share a behind-the-scenes video before undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor.
In the caption of the photo, Shannen, who is now 52 years old, expressed her fears and anxiety. She wrote, “On January 16, 2023, I had surgery to biopsy and remove a tumor from my head. I’m trying to be strong, but I’m terrified. The fear is overwhelming.”
Shannen admitted that she was afraid of the potential negative consequences of the surgery, worried about leaving her mother behind, and concerned about her appearance after the procedure. She wanted to show her followers what cancer really looks like, beyond the physical symptoms.
Just last week, the actress revealed on Instagram that a CT scan had shown brain metastases. The Mayo Clinic explains that this happens when cancer cells spread from their original location to the brain. Shannen shared a video of herself undergoing radiation therapy on January 12, expressing her fear and the hardships she has faced, including severe claustrophobia.
Despite the challenges, Shannen expressed gratitude for her exceptional medical team and the support she receives. She mentioned her doctor, Dr. Amin Mirahdi, and the incredible technologists at Cedar Sinai. She wanted people to understand that cancer is not just a physical illness, but also causes anxiety, confusion, and disrupts one’s life.
Earlier this year, Shannen spoke about her health at a Charmed panel during the 90s Con, alongside her co-stars Rose McGowan, Holly Marie Combs, Brian Krause, Dorian Gregory, and Drew Fuller. When asked how she was feeling, she responded positively, saying, “I’m feeling great, thank you! This audience is incredible.”
Since her initial breast cancer diagnosis in 2015 and announcing its return after remission in 2017, Shannen has been open about her journey, providing updates about her treatment. She hopes that by sharing her story, she can educate others about what cancer truly looks like and inspire people to prioritize regular check-ups and screenings, putting fear aside.