Three to five years: Shannen Doherty, who is battling stage 4 cancer, announces her treatment plan

Shannen Doherty dreams of being completely cured of stage 4 cancer

Shannen Doherty, an American actress and star of Charmed, has been fighting breast cancer for almost 9 years. She believes that she will be able to live at least 3-5 more years so that scientists can invent a treatment that will help her get back on her feet.

Shannen shared how she plans to get to full recovery in her own podcast, Let's Be Clear. The actress compared her "waiting time" to horse racing, with the help of which you can use one treatment to wait for another. On the podcast, Shannen invited oncologist Lawrence Piro to talk about this concept.

Shannen Doherty dreams of recovery

"I always say it's important to think of each therapy as a horse. In a horse race, you want to ride each horse as long as it's going, and then you ride the next one as much as you can... you hope you make a few laps, and then another new pair of horses comes along and it makes the race much longer," the doctor explained.

The actress has already gone through a two-year remission, but in 2019, the cancer returned to stage 4 when the disease spread to other organs. That's why Shannen Doherty agreed with Piro as she is trying to use this very concept.

Despite his illness, Shennen tries to ''take everything'' from life

"And that's why I like this analogy because when you're the one who sits on the horse, it's a much harder job than the one who picks the horse. Sometimes it's exhausting, but then you think, okay, it still works. Yeah, it's hard, but it still works, and we don't want to give up on it because if we give up on it too soon, that one decision can cut down on a lot of other things," the actress summarized.

Shannen dreams that in this way she will be able to "reach" the creation of a cure for her disease. "I always say that we just need to squeeze out at least three to five years, and then there will be T-cell therapy. Then in those five years, a whole other group of options will emerge, and eventually a cure will be invented," she said.

Shannen Doherty has been fighting cancer for about 8 years

"I don't want to die. I'm not done living, I'm not done loving, I'm not done creating, I'm not done hopefully making a difference. I'm just not done. My best memory is yet to come," she told People in November 2023 after sharing that the cancer had spread to her bones. At the beginning of the year, the disease had spread to her brain, but Schennen successfully underwent surgery to remove the tumor.

Before the brain surgery, her husband, photographer Kurt Iswarienko, left her after cheating on her. It was a big shock for Shannon because she had been married to Kurt for 14 years, and she needed support during the difficult surgery. Instead, the actress was very depressed.

Husband left Shannen before major surgery to remove tumor in brain

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