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Shannen Doherty reveals new cancer battle

The actress was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015.

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Actress Shannen Doherty said her cancer has returned (Andrea Carugati/PA)

Actress Shannen Doherty said her cancer has returned (Andrea Carugati/PA)

Actress Shannen Doherty said her cancer has returned (Andrea Carugati/PA)

Shannen Doherty has that revealed her cancer has returned and said it is a “bitter pill”.

The Beverly Hills 90210 actress was first diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015 but had gone into remission.

However, the 48-year-old told US breakfast show Good Morning America that the cancer had returned a year ago.

“It’s going to come out in a matter of days or a week that I’m stage four.

“So my cancer came back and that’s why I’m here.”

Doherty said she had kept the news out of the public domain for a year, adding: “I don’t think I’ve processed it. It’s a bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways. 

“I definitely have days where I say ‘Why me?’ And then I go ‘Well, why not me? Who else? Who else besides me deserves this? None of us do.’

“But I would say that my first reaction is always concern about how am I going to tell my mom, my husband.”

Doherty kept the news to herself and went back to work on the reboot of the hit show, almost four months after the death of her friend and former co-star Luke Perry.

She said: “It’s so weird for me to be diagnosed and then somebody who was seemingly healthy to go first.

“It was really shocking. And the least I could do to honour him was to do that show. I still haven’t done enough, in my opinion. So it’s a hard one.

“One of the reasons, along with Luke, that I did 90210 and didn’t really tell anybody because I thought, people can look at that, other people with stage four can work too. Like our life doesn’t end the minute we get that diagnosis. We still have some living to do.”

Asked how she made it through filming, she said she leaned on co-star Brian Austin Green.

“I had moments of great anxiety where I thought ‘I can’t really do this’, and Brian was the one person who, of that group of people that knew, that I told pretty quickly and said ‘Here, this is what I’m dealing with.’

“So, prior to shooting, he would always call me and say ‘Listen, you know, whatever happens, I have your back.’

“He would look at me and be like ‘We got this, kiddo’ so Brian helped me through a lot.”

PA