Shannen Doherty Says Her Cancer Battle Is 'Part of Life at This Point': 'I Never Really Complain'
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Shannen Doherty talks about living with stage four breast cancer.
The 50-year-old actress spoke on Tuesday during a virtual panel for her upcoming Lifetime film List of a Lifetime about changing perceptions of stage 4 cancer, which revolves around a woman diagnosed with breast cancer.
"I feel like I have a responsibility in my more public life that I separate from my acting life ..." she told reporters.
"My husband says you would never know I had cancer," added Doherty, who has been married to photographer Kurt Iswarienko since 2011. “I never really complain. I'm not really talking about it period. "
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List of a Lifetime with Kelly Hu and Sylvia Kwan follows Brenda Lee (Hu), a woman whose diagnosis of breast cancer prompts her to see the daughter she put up for adoption decades ago. When she reconnects with Talia (Kwan), the two make a bucket list for Brenda when she discovers a new meaningful relationship that she didn't know she needed.
Doherty called the project "the first acting thing I did about cancer" since she announced her own diagnosis last year and said she was "pretty careful" about bringing her craft "into this world", However, felt drawn to the film after reading the script.
"I didn't have to advise anyone about [director Roxy Shih] and these beautiful ladies who did such a beautiful job with their own prep process," Doherty said of her co-stars. "We all showed up and to be honest ... it was really an incredible pleasure to be there and I was blown away every second that I got to work with these amazing ladies."
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Whether or not she personally has a bucket list like Hu's character, the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum said, "I just find a bucket list weird in my particular situation because it means I'm kind of trying to tick things off before my" time runs out away."
"I don't think there's a bucket list because I'll be the longest living person with cancer," she continued. "If I had to say one thing, it would just be life. It's the only thing on my list right now."
Doherty was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time in 2015, which she then shared exclusively with PEOPLE. She went into remission two years later, but announced in 2020 that her cancer had returned as Stage 4.
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Since then, Doherty has vociferously refuted assumptions about stage 4 cancer patients and those with incurable diseases.
"I want people not to hear stage 4 cancer and think about the person who is gray and falls over and can't move and they can't go to the hospice and can't work," she told longtime friend Sarah Michelle Gellar for a Interview with Entertainment Tonight in October. "You are written off so quickly, even though you are vital and healthy and happy and want to go out and work."
"Any terminal," she added at the time. "I may live a lot longer than someone who is perfectly healthy. You have no idea."
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