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6 Jan 2024


NextImg:Shannen Doherty’s heroic breast cancer battle: I hope to ‘squeeze out another three to five years’

Shannen Doherty won’t stop fighting for her life.

The “Charmed” alum, 52, is currently battling stage IV breast cancer. Doherty revealed on a new episode of her “Let’s Be Clear” podcast that she’s hoping to “squeeze out another three to five years.”

She believes that hanging on will allow her to receive T-cell therapy and other future treatments under development.

Doherty continued: “There’s going to be a lot more options that will give [us] another five years.”

“Then in those five years, there’s a whole other group of options, and eventually there’s going to be a cure.”

The “Beverly Hills, 90120” star had oncologist Dr. Lawrence Piro on her show, where they discussed her health at length.

“I always say that it’s important to think of each therapy as a horse, and in a horse race, you want to ride every horse as long as it rides, and then you ride the next horse as much as possible,” Piro said.

The doctor went on: “You hope you make it a few laps, then there’s altogether another new set of horses to ride, to make the race that much longer.”

Doherty agreed, saying that the horse analogy is a “really good one.”

The “Beverly Hills, 90120” star had oncologist Dr. Lawrence Piro on her show. theshando/Instagram

“I’m riding those horses so I get to the fresh set of horses, and I’m trying to get the one I’m on right now to last for as long as humanly possible,” she said.

The actress has been suffering from breast cancer since 2015. Last November, she revealed that her illness has spread to her bones.

She also filed for divorce from her ex-husband, Kurt Iswarienko, in April after allegations that he cheated on her.

Doherty accused Iswarienko of having an affair during their 12-year marriage. The couple tied the knot in 2011 and split this year. 

Doherty was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. theshando/Instagram

She claimed she found out about his infidelity in January before undergoing surgery to remove a tumor from her brain.

On a December episode of her radio show, Doherty tearfully admitted that after dropping down to 92 pounds from chemotherapy, she was fairly certain it was all over.

“When I dropped down to 92 pounds from chemo and was incredibly dehydrated, I had to still get out of bed,” she said.

Last November, she revealed that her illness has spread to her bones. NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

“My husband at the time [Kurt Iswarienko was] sort of begging me to keep going, and my mom [was] literally trying to pick me up out of bed and get me to the doctor. … At that point in time, I thought that I wouldn’t survive it.”

She added: “To have that connection … it sort of wrapped me into this cocoon of safety, as cheesy as that may sound, as sappy as that may sound. It really did.”

“It made me feel less ostracized from the world and like I was a part of something, which then started my feeling of deep, deep responsibility to share my story.”