Brian Austin Green gives update on 90210 star Shannen Doherty's battle with terminal cancer
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Brian Austin Green has shared a touching update about his Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty after she announced she had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
In June this year, 52-year-old Doherty shared the heartbreaking news that her stage four cancer had metastasised to her brain.
Sadly, in 2020, she announced that she had been diagnosed with stage four cancer.
Speaking to Good Morning America at the time, the actor said: "It’s going to come out in a matter of days or a week that I’m stage four. So my cancer came back and that’s why I’m here."
Doherty said she had kept the news out of the public domain for a year, adding: "I don’t think I’ve processed it. It’s a bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways."
Initially, Doherty largely kept her diagnosis to herself and continued working on the BH90210 reboot - but one of the few people she did confide in was her co-star Green.
“I had moments of great anxiety where I thought, ‘I can’t really do this,’ and Brian was the one person who - of that group of people that knew - that I told, like, pretty quickly and said, ‘Here, this is what I’m dealing with',” she said.
“So prior to shooting he would always call me and say, ‘Listen, you know, whatever happens, I have your back.’ He would look at me and be like, ‘We got this, kiddo’…so Brian helped me through a lot.”
In a new interview with the Herald Sun, Green gave an update on his friend.
He told the publication: “We talk all the time. She's an incredibly tough person. If there's anyone who could put up a real fight to cancer – she's one of them.
“It's not an easy situation, obviously, but I love her to death.
“And she’s making the absolute best of it.”
Doherty has been incredibly candid with fans about her treatment, and in a heart-wrenching post in June this year she shared footage of her first radiotherapy treatment with tears streaming down her face.
Alongside the clip, she explained: “On January 5th, my CT scan showed Mets in my brain. Yesterday's video was showing the process of getting fitted for the mask which you wear during radiation to your brain.
“The first round of radiation took place. My fear is obvious. I am extremely claustrophobic and there was a lot going on in my life.
“I am fortunate as I have great doctors like Dr Amin Mirahdi and the amazing techs at Cedar Sinai. But that fear... the turmoil... the timing of it all... this is what cancer can look like."