Shannen Doherty‘s battle with cancer is sadly far from over.
In an exclusive new interview with Entertainment Tonight, the actress revealed her breast cancer has actually spread.
It was during this heartbreaking sit-down, she shared:
“I had breast cancer that spread to the lymph nodes, and from one of my surgeries we discovered that some of the cancer cells might have actually gone out of the lymph nodes. So for that reason, we are doing chemo, and then after chemo, I’ll do radiation.”
And as we previously reported, she emotionally opened up about the darkness surrounding her disease in the teaser for this interview.
The 45-year-old expanded on it, sharing:
“The unknown is always the scariest part. Is the chemo going to work? Is the radiation going to work? You know, am I going to have to go through this again, or am I going to get secondary cancer? Everything else is manageable. Pain is manageable, you know living without a breast is manageable, it’s the worry of your future and how your future is going to affect the people that you love.”
This breaks our hearts.
Even talking about the decision to actually shave her head, which she documented to Instagram in July, the former 90210 starlet shared she got by with the support of her friends, family, and husband, Kurt Iswarienko.
“After my second treatment, my hair was really matted, like in dreadlocks. And I went to try and brush it out, and it just fell out. I just remember holding onto huge clumps of my hair in my hands, and just running to my mom crying, like, ‘My hair, my hair, my hair, my hair.’ It was just shedding and it was driving me crazy. It was just clumps, and I was like, ‘Just grab the kitchen scissors.’ And my mom’s like, ‘Wait, wait, wait.’ I’m just, like, ‘Grab it.’ She went and grabbed the kitchen scissors, and put it in a ponytail and she just chopped it off. And it was this cute little bob, but it wasn’t enough, you know, it was falling out.”
And while her partner couldn’t be there, Shannen revealed just how he helped her get through it, sharing:
“He was in Mexico working and he was texting nonstop in the middle of his photoshoot like, ‘Give me pictures, and are you ok? I wish I could be there. He was so stricken that he wasn’t there with me but I sent him pictures and videos and he was like, ├óΓé¼╦£Oh my god. You’re hot with no hair.’ So you know, everybody kind of made me feel better about it.”
Aww! Well, the brave celebrity is totally owning her new look!
Coming to terms with the way her body has changed since fighting this disease and undergoing a single mastectomy back in May, Doherty also added:
“I wanted to put it out there the way it felt the best for me to put it out there. And also, if I could help one person then it makes me go, ‘Oh OK.’ It’s easier to live with having cancer if I know I’m helping at least one person.”
Our thoughts are with Shannen as she continues to fight this battle.
Make sure to watch a clip from tonight’s interview (below):
[Image via CBS Television.]