Shannen Doherty Opens Up About Loving Herself After Breast Cancer

November 12, 2019

Shannen Doherty has endured a brutal battle with breast cancer. But the BH90210 actress is now fighting a different battle: learning to accept her post-cancer body and dealing with the recovery process of being a breast cancer survivor.

“I don’t think you’re ever going to be on the other side [of cancer],” Doherty, 47, said in an Aug. 14 interview with People.” I don’t look at the fact that I’m in remission. I look at it as the fact that I’m lucky to be alive, every minute, every second of every day.”

Diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015, Doherty underwent a mastectomy as well as several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Since April 2017, she has been in remission; last year, she underwent surgery to reconstruct her breast.

Physically, she’s doing well. However, her journey with emotional cancer is still ongoing.

“I really took care of myself, I got out of it, and I think someone [in my case] could have been in good condition,” says Doherty.” But the interesting thing about cancer is that once you’re no longer on chemo or radiation, people think you’re fine and you’ll bounce back. But what they don’t realize is that your body has been through some incredibly difficult times, and your body will never fully bounce back.”

These days, she’s focused on self-love.” I’m trying to figure out how to accept who I am now,” says Doherty.” I’m never going to be the size I used to be. With some of my medications, I’m constantly pricking off my collagen so I’ll never have a wrinkle-free face. I’m hard on myself. But there are some things you can’t fight against.”


“I’m trying to be kind to myself,” adds Doherty.” And I’m trying to live each day as an amazing, precious gift that I’ve been given.”

This isn’t the first time Doherty has opened up about loving her body in the wake of cancer.

“I love that my body is strong and that it has the ability to fight things like cancer,” she told Health in February.” Importantly, my perspective on sexy has changed. For me, now, sexy is power. Sexy is vulnerability. Sexy is compassion. Sexy is grace. Why do I care so much about the shell of my body?”