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Shannen Doherty shared a happy update on her breast cancer journey in the latest episode of her podcast.
The former "Charmed" star, who was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2019, said in the Jan. 29 episode of "Let's Be Clear" that she's seeing positive results from a new type of treatment.
How is Shannen Doherty doing in 2024?
In a recent episode of her podcast, Doherty said she is responding well to a new type of "cancer infusion" treatment and called the results a "miracle," though she did not share exactly which drug she's receiving.
“After four treatments, we didn’t really see a difference, and everybody wanted me to switch, and I just kind of was like we’re going to keep going with this and see,” Doherty said while speaking with her radiation oncologist, Dr. Amin Mirhadi.
“After the sixth or seventh treatment, we really saw it breaking down the blood-brain barrier. Do I call that a miracle? For me, that happens to be a miracle right now. That like I sort of rolled the dice and said let’s keep going,” the actor continued.
Doherty revealed in 2023 that her cancer had spread to her brain and bones. Usually, even very strong chemotherapy isn't able to pass the blood-brain barrier and target the tumors within the brain, according to Northwestern Medicine.
She later called the effectiveness of the new treatment "a miracle of maybe God intervening and being like, ‘I’m going to give her a break,’” Doherty said. “Sometimes you’re looking for miracles in all the wrong places, and they’re right there in front of your face.”
Shannen Doherty's cancer journey
In August 2015, Doherty went public with her breast cancer diagnosis. As part of her treatment, Doherty underwent a mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and reconstructive surgery.
Two years after her initial cancer diagnosis, Doherty revealed that she was in remission.
“Moments. They happen,” Doherty captioned an Instagram post. “Today was and is a moment.”
“Plaintiff Shannen Doherty is dying of stage 4 terminal cancer,” the lawsuit read. “Instead of living out her remaining years peacefully in her home, Ms. Doherty remains displaced and battling with her insurance company.”
Also in February 2020, Doherty provided an update on her health in light of publicly sharing her new diagnosis.
“I want to thank all of you for your love, prayers and support,” she wrote. “It’s an odd time right now and I find my feet not completely underneath me. To say I have stress is an understatement. To say that I’m struggling is mild.”
However, Doherty emphasized that she was hopeful for the future.
“But... I believe that I will find my footing. I’ll dig deep for the inner strength I need to face it all. I pray I do it all with dignity and grace. I have so much to say. So much to share. I will. For now... please know how much you all help lift me,” she wrote.
During an interview with Elle magazine in September 2020, Doherty reassured her fans that she didn't have any plans of quitting acting after the return of her cancer.
“It’s like anybody with stage 4 faces this sort of thing, where others want to put you out to pasture,” she said at the time. “I’m not ready for pasture. I’ve got a lot of life in me.”
While talking with People in September 2021, Doherty explained that her cancer was just "part of life at this point."
“I feel like I have a responsibility in my more public life, which I separate from my acting life … to talk about cancer and perhaps educate people more and let people know that people with stage 4 are very much alive and very active,” she said at the time.
In January 2023, the actor underwent surgery to have a tumor removed from her head because the cancer had spread to her brain.
She shared the development with her fans six months later in June 2023, when she posted a video from the hospital and revealed how she was feeling in that moment.
“My fear is obvious," she captioned it. "I am extremely claustrophobic and there was a lot going on in my life. 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."
In an Instagram post a week later, she shared another video of herself in the hospital from January, this time preparing for surgery to remove and biopsy a tumor in her head.
"I am clearly trying to be brave but I am petrified. The fear was overwhelming to me. Scared of all possible bad outcomes, worried about leaving my mom and how that would impact her. Worried that I would come out of surgery not me anymore. This is what cancer can look like," she wrote.
How is Shannen Doherty's health?
The actor shared in positive Jan. 29 update that she seemed to be responding to the new cancer infusion treatment she was receiving.
Before that, the last major update Doherty shared on her health was when she revealed in an interview with People, published Nov. 29, that her stage 4 breast cancer had spread to her bones.
“I’m not afraid of dying, I just don’t want to die. Like ever,” she joked during her interview.
The actor said she's "not done with life" and intends to keep fighting.
"I will be on treatment for the rest of my life until one of these clinical trials goes through. ... It's about pushing through the next two, three, four, five years because in that period of time, in three to five years, there's going to be another new protocol, a new clinical trial," she said.
While sharing an update on her health journey, the former “Beverly Hills, 90210” star emphasized that she still has an optimistic outlook on life.
“We are on a really good regimen now, and it’s working well for me. So (I just take things) day by day, month by month, year by year,” she said.
This article was originally published on TODAY.com