Shannen Doherty: Cancer made me a 'better human being'

Shannen Doherty is opening up about her life-changing experience with breast cancer — and says that the disease made her a “better human being.”

The 47-year-old “Beverly Hills, 90210” star frequently documented her radiation treatments and surgeries on Instagram, which she said was therapeutic.

Shannen Doherty opened up about her battle with breast cancer in her first live interview since 2015.  (Photo via Getty Images)

“I know sharing helped me because when I got back, these beautiful stories from other people, what they were going through … giving me hope and support and love, it really helped,” she said on “Good Morning America” in her first live interview since her 2015 diagnosis.

“It’s truly a family. There’s something so beautiful about the journey.”

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Doherty also says she was lucky to have the support team she did, praising her friends and family.

“My husband was phenomenal,” she said. “He took off a ton of work, really took fantastic care of me. My mom was always there. They would tag team. I was really lucky.”


Doherty also opened up about how it was difficult to accept the fact that she’s now in remission.

“You hear the word remission and it’s a rush of different emotions. It’s like, ‘what’s next?’ There’s a little bit of fear and apprehension. I felt lost for a second. I was like, ‘now what’?” she said.

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“But then it sort of starts seeping in and then you get joyous and you get so excited but then you got to wait for that five-year mark and that 10-year mark,” she continued. “So remission is a crazy word to me.”

Despite a difficult battle, Doherty says she learned a lot from her three-year experience.

I think it made me a better actor, I also think it made me a better human being,” she said. “It takes down all your walls, all your barriers, everything that life sort of threw at you… you’re guarding yourself so yeah, that all comes tumbling down.”


Doherty will star in Lifetime’s remake of “No One Would Tell,” as the mother of a girl in an abusive relationship who goes missing.

For me, it was an amazing role because the mom was not completely flushed out,” she said. “I wanted to know that I could do this… I wanted to make sure that I was back and I was ready for it.”

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