Shannen Doherty was 'petrified' about her brain tumor surgery, shares pre-op video

ByLisa Respers France, CNNWire
Thursday, June 15, 2023
Shannen Doherty says breast cancer has spread to her brain
Shannen Doherty has given her Instagram followers a sobering look at her ongoing battle with stage 4 breast cancer.

Shannen Doherty continues to share her cancer journey.

On Wednesday, the actress posted a video on social media from when she underwent surgery in January to remove and biopsy a tumor in her brain.

"I am clearly trying to be brave but I am petrified. The fear was overwhelming to me," part of the caption on the video reads. "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."

The "Beverly Hills, 90210" star had days before posted a video from January 12 of this year in which she was receiving cancer treatment.

Being diagnosed with breast cancer without a family history is not uncommon. In fact, the majority of cases occur in women without a family history, but one young breast cancer fighter was told something that was hard to believe.

"On January 5th, my ct scan showed Mets in my brain. Yesterday's video was showing the process of getting fitted for the mask which you wear during radiation to your brain," the caption reads. "January 12, the first round of radiation took place."

"My fear is obvious. I am extremely claustrophobic and there was a lot going on in my life," Doherty, 52, wrote. "I am fortunate as I have great doctors like Dr Amin (Mirhadi) and the amazing techs at cedar sinai. But that fear.... The turmoil..... the timing of it all.... This is what cancer can look like."

The "Charmed" star was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 that went into remission two years later. In 2020, Doherty announced that the cancer had returned and was stage 4.

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