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Inside Shannen Doherty’s almost 10 year battle with cancer

She wasn't "done with living".
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On July 13 2024, American actress Shannen Doherty died aged 53 after a years-long battle with breast cancer.

“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of actress Shannen Doherty,” read a statement from Doherty’s publicist Leslie Sloane, as per PEOPLE.

“On Saturday, July 13, she lost her battle with cancer after many years of fighting the disease.”

Known for her roles in Beverly Hills 90210, Charmed, and Heathers, Shannen Doherty was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2015.

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Shannen died aged 53 in July 2024. (Credit: Getty)

The disease eventually spread to her lymph nodes before she underwent radiation therapy.

While Shannen briefly went into remission, the cancer returned as stage four in 2020 – sadly spreading to her brain.

In an episode of her Let’s Be Clear podcast, Shannen revealed she was undergoing cancer infusion treatment – which aimed to break down the blood brain barrier.

According to the actress, it took about seven treatments to see results.

shannen doherty appears while undergoing breast cancer treatment with kurt iswarienko
Shannen was previously married to photographer Kurt Iswarienko. (Credit: Getty)

“Do I call that a miracle? Yeah. For me, that happens to be a miracle right now,” she said on the podcast.

The actress had her brain tumour removed shortly after discovering that her husband Kurt Iswarienko had been allegedly unfaithful.

“I went into that surgery early in the morning and after I found out that my marriage was essentially over, that my husband had been carrying on an affair for two years,” she claimed on her podcast.

“I couldn’t go into that surgery with him there, she continued, adding she “felt betrayed” and “incredibly unloved by someone (she) was with for 14 years”.

Shannon Doherty wearing hair bonnet after losing hair from breast cancer
“I’m not done with living,” the actress previously said. (Credit: Getty)

During the overwhelming time, Shannen made the decision to file for divorce.

Reflecting upon her deteriorating health with PEOPLE in November 2023, Shannen asserted that she didn’t want to die, and was more determined than ever to live her life.

“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 – I’m not done,” she said.

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