• Shannen Doherty is known for her many roles in renowned shows like “Little House on the Prairie, “Charmed” and more.
  • The actress recently shared a candid video of her about to undergo tumor removal surgery.
  • This was not the first time Doherty had beat cancer, but this time around, the battle ended her 11-year marriage.

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Shannen Doherty, a famous actress known for roles in iconic shows like, “Little House on the Prairie, “Charmed,” “Beverly Hills, 90210” and more recently shared a candid video from when she was about to undergo a tumor removal surgery.

The actress shared a clip from January 16 explaining that she was trying her best to look brave when she was petrified and was seen asking several medical questions about the procedure.

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But many more questions went through her head before her surgery and biopsy. Doherty feared that she would not be the same after the procedure and struggled with the possibility of leaving her mother, who had been by her side throughout her cancer diagnosis.

The “Charmed” star wondered what life for her mother would look like without her, but she shared this grueling process because she wanted to be honest with her fans about what dealing with cancer looked like.

This was not the first honest video the actress shared during this tough time in her life. Doherty also posted a video of her going for a CT scan and captioned it with the day’s date, “January 9, 2023.”

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Shannen Doherty in Los Angeles in 2016 | Source: Getty Images

Shannen Doherty in Los Angeles in 2016 | Source: Getty Images

In the following days, she gave her followers an update. The “Little House on the Prairie” star was crying, explaining that her cancer had spread and that doctors had found metastases in her brain.

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The actress explained that she was getting a mask made for her, which she would wear during radiation. In that same post, Doherty confessed that January 12, 2023, was her first day of radiation and that she was scared and extremely claustrophobic.

Despite the anxiety from this life-threatening experience, Doherty was grateful for the amazing doctors doing everything possible to help her regain her health.

Shannen Doherty in Los Angeles in 2019 | Source: Getty Images

Shannen Doherty in Los Angeles in 2019 | Source: Getty Images

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Unfortunately, this was not the actress’ first cancer diagnosis. In 2015 she underwent eight rounds of chemotherapy for her breast cancer and got a single mastectomy.

In 2017 the breast cancer was cleared, but in 2020, Doherty revealed that she was diagnosed again with stage four cancer. She candidly said that she sometimes wondered why her, but then “Who else? Who else besides me deserves this? None of us do,” she added.

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At the time, the actress had not yet processed the return of her tumor and reiterated that it was a tough pill to swallow. Nonetheless, she withstood the test and came out stronger.

Going through a Divorce amid a Cancer Battle

In April 2023, Doherty filed for divorce ending her marriage of 11 years with celebrity photographer Kurt Iswarienko.

The divorce was a shock, as the actress had just undergone a petrifying brain tumor removal surgery. Doherty’s publicist, Leslie Sloan, said ending her marriage was the last thing she wanted but felt that she had no other option.

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Shannen Doherty and Kurt Iswarienko in New York in 2009 | Source: Getty Images

Shannen Doherty and Kurt Iswarienko in New York in 2009 | Source: Getty Images

Sloan’s statement reiterated, “You can contact Kurt’s agent, Collier Grimm, at PICTUREKID, as she is intimately involved.'” However, reports stated that the actress and the photographer had been separated since January.

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In 2019, after Doherty’s survived her first breast cancer, she said the experience brought her and her ex-husband closer. “Kurt and I have a much deeper appreciation for each other now,” she gushed.

The “Heathers” star would praise her ex-husband for being supportive. In a 2019 post, she wrote, “My happy place got a lot happier with the arrival of my best friend. I couldn’t love this man more,” and considered herself lucky to have a husband that always kept things interesting.

Shannen Doherty and Kurt Iswarienko in Los Angeles in 2016 | Source: Getty Images

Shannen Doherty and Kurt Iswarienko in Los Angeles in 2016 | Source: Getty Images

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Before the end of her marriage with Iswarienko, Doherty was first married to Ashley Hamilton from 1993 to 1994 and to Rick Salomon from 2002 to 2003. Her relationship with Iswarienko started in 2008, and the photographer went down on one knee after three years of dating.

Shannen Doherty Thanked Her Mother for Her Constant Support

One person who has been on Doherty’s side during her cancer battle is her mother, Rosa. In the midst of her first cancer battle, the actress shared a heartfelt message thanking her mother for all her efforts.

Shannen Doherty in New York in 2004 | Source: Getty Images

Shannen Doherty in New York in 2004 | Source: Getty Images

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She shared a candid black-and-white picture of her in Rosa’s arms and wrote, “Sometimes there’s nothing like a mother’s love to help get you thru. Thank you, Mom, for always being there and being so strong for me. I love you.”

Just like the removal of her tumor, Doherty shared the scary parts of battling cancer. She shared a video of her shaving off her iconic dark with her mother and friend Anne Marie Kotright by her side.

One of the actress actress’ close friends, Sarah Michelle Gellar, was in awe of Doherty’s bravery and dedicated a post to her, praising her for being one of her most loyal friends.

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Gellar adored how the actress was sharing one of her toughest journeys with others in hopes of shedding light on cancer battles and helping people who might be going through the same thing.

Life has not been easy for Doherty, but she has shared her ups and downs and her unbelievable strength to beat cancer more than once.

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