Shannon Doherty Reveals Her Cancer Has Spread

Shannon Doherty has shared some devastating news about her cancer battle.

The 45-year-old actress has revealed that her breast cancer has now spread to her lymph nodes.

"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," she said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

"The unknown is always the scariest part. Is the chemo going to work? Is the radiation going to work?

"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."

The Beverly Hills 90210 alum has been refreshingly open about her cancer battle since being diagnosed in February 2015.

She says the most difficult part so far has been the experience of having a single mastectomy. But, thankfully, has found incredible support in her doctors.

"[The doctor] didn't want me to wake up with absolutely nothing," she recalled. "It was very important to him that I didn't have that experience, and so, he put an expander in, so I have a tiny something there. It's cute and sometimes we fill it up and make it bigger, and sometimes we reduce it."

Shannon has remained strong throughout her treatment, thanks to the support from her mum, best friends and her husband of five years, Kurt Iswarienko. But says it certainly hasn’t been easy.

She has been openly sharing her experience on social media with the aim of comforting other women going through a similar experience.

Shannon’s most recent post on Instagram documents the difficult decision to shave her head.

 

 

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"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,'" she said.

 

 

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"It was just shedding and it was driving me crazy. It was just clumps, and I was like, 'Just grab the kitchen scissors.' … We did stages. We did a pixie. And then we did a Mohawk, which was my favorite look. And then finally, we had to get the shaver thing and just buzz it off."

 

 

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"I wanted to put it out there the way that it felt the best for me to put it out there and also if I could help one person it makes me go oh ok. It's easier to live with having cancer if I know im helping at least one person."

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