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Shannen Doherty Feels Like She Is ‘Walking Into the Unknown’ Ahead of Chemotherapy: Cancer Update

The actress shared an update on her battle with cancer amid her ongoing divorce

Actress Shannen Doherty has shared a cancer update amid her treatment and ongoing divorce divorce. In the most recent episode of her podcast, Let’s Be Clear, Doherty said she feels like she’s “walking into the unknown” ahead of her next round of chemotherapy. Keep reading to learn more about her condition and progress.

Shannen Doherty offers a cancer update

Doherty was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and went into remission two years later in 2017. But in 2020, the actress revealed that the cancer had returned as stage 4 and by 2023, she shared it had spread to her brain and bones.

And although Doherty has been battling cancer for a long time now, she still feels unsure of what will happen. “It becomes very real in an incredibly different way, because I have no idea how long I’m gonna be on the chemo for,” Doherty revealed on the podcast. “I have no idea if it’s gonna be three months or if it’s gonna be six months or if we’re gonna — if after three months, it’s not working, if we’re gonna change again.”

Shannen Doherty is getting divorced amid her cancer treatment

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Shannen Doherty and ex-husband Kurt Iswarienko (2016)Vivien Killilea / Contributor

On top of her news about chemotherapy, Doherty also gave some insight into her ongoing divorce with ex Kurt Iswarienko. While admitting that things have been “exhausting” lately, Doherty shared how she has been doing while dealing with a divorce on top of her chemotherapy.

“Obviously, divorce is not easy, especially when you really loved someone,” she explained. “And I did love my husband. And when you get so hurt by their actions that you just feel betrayed and like a sucker, it’s really hard.”

Doherty married Iswarienko in 2011 in a Malibu wedding. The couple announced their separation in January 2023 and officially filed for divorce in April of that year, citing “irreconcilable differences.”

In June 2024, Doherty revealed that Iswarienko had been delaying their divorce by refusing to turn over financial documentation. The two have gone back and forth through lawyers with different reasons for why the divorce hasn’t happened, but it seems there hasn’t been an answer yet.

Doherty has not shared the real reason behind their divorce and recently explained that she may never be ready to share the details of their breakup. “I’m going through stuff. And when I wanna share it, I will share it.

Shannen Doherty is looking to the future amid her cancer treatment

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Shannen Doherty (2016)Jason LaVeris / Contributor

Despite being unsure of where her medical treatments and her divorce are headed, Doherty seems to be looking forward. “I feel like a lot of clutter is out of my life now and things are much more clear and focused,” she shared. “I know what I want for myself, and I know how I want to wake up every morning. I just see things in a different light because of the year and a half that was hell.”

With her ongoing breast cancer battle, the Beverly Hills, 90210 actress knows that it’s a very unpredictable fight, for her doctors and herself. “That’s not something that I can predict. It’s not something my doctors can predict. And it’s scary,” she explained on her podcast.Of course, she knows “there’s really no controlling it [the cancer],” but Doherty is staying positive.

She shared that aside from everything going on in her life, she is happy. Although 2023 was very challenging, she is looking forward to moving on. “Every day is a challenge,” she explained. “Because with cancer, things change all the time… but I’m happy because I’m still here.”


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