Shannen Doherty predicts she’ll be ‘dead in five years’

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According to Shannen Doherty, her years are numbered.

The 45-year-old actress, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2015 and is currently battling the disease through chemotherapy, said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that she has five years left to live.

While discussing a conversation she had with her film producer husband Kurt Iswarienko, Shannen said, “I told him [Kurt], ‘You need to enjoy every single second you have with me because I’m going to be dead in five years.'”

The Beverly Hills, 90210 star continued by sharing details about how she broke the news of her diagnosis to Kurt. She said, “I called him, which was horrible of me. I was in the car. I was with my mom, and the doctor called me and I’m, you know, ‘I’m going to wait until I see him,’ and I just couldn’t.”

“I picked up the phone and I called him and he was like, ‘Where are you?'” Shannen said.

When Shannen returned home and pulled into her driveway, Kurt was waiting for her.

“[He] hugged me and said, ‘We are going to get through this. You are going to be okay… You’re strong and you’re powerful and you’re not going anywhere. You have so much in your life. We are going to get through it as a family,” she said.

Although her cancer has spread to her lymph nodes, Shannen said the disease has made her marriage “a thousand times stronger” and that she “could not have gotten through this without her husband.”

The Charmed actress also told ET that she believes her dog Bowie (named after the late David Bowie) was the first to sense the disease. She said Bowie obsessively sniffed the right side of her body before she sought medical attention and was “supersensitive” to her right side after she underwent a single mastectomy.

Check out an Instagram photo of Bowie posted to Shannen’s page below.



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  1. Mindy • August 4, 2016 @ 3:21 AM

    Shocking and very sad. Hopefully she pulls through.

  2. Brielle • August 4, 2016 @ 9:03 AM

    This is really too bad. I loved Shannen in Heathers!

  3. Becky • August 4, 2016 @ 9:55 AM

    B17 and essiac tea and prayer.
    I’ve personally witnessed miracles with stage 4 cancer going into remission – actually stopped. Read World without cancer by E G Griffin or YouTube it!

  4. Lulu • August 4, 2016 @ 11:43 AM

    Who knows what kind of advances they’ll make in those five years. Cancer is no longer an automatic death sentence.

  5. Gloria • August 4, 2016 @ 1:35 PM

    Dear Shannen:
    Hopefully you’ll read this and it will help. I had breast cancer in 1988, (age 41) had a mastectomy with reconstruction (form my abdomen) and out of 15 lymph nodes, 13 cancerous ones removed! I had Chemotherapy and chemo pills for 6 months. Lost a bit of hair and weight. I decided I would not let cancer get me and would only keep happy and positive thoughts and people in my life. I treated my cancer with love and not anger and hate because there was no way cancer was going to get me. I was not ready to give up my life yet.
    Well to make a long story short Shannen, I am 69 years old and still “alive”!
    Please do not give up, stay positive and fill your life with love and laughter and you too will be fine.
    P.S. Loved you in 90210
    Good luck and sending positive vibes your way👍🏻

  6. Mike • August 4, 2016 @ 3:19 PM

    Praying for you.

  7. Arlene • August 4, 2016 @ 4:54 PM

    I’m sorry to hear you’re battling another health problem (Chrone’s disease) You’re probably wondering”why me”.

    My son,Daniel who loved 90210 was diagnosed with Ulceratis Colitis when he was 17. From 2000 to 2008 he has been in and out of the hospital for so many surgeries. Tho he is healthy now he lost the best years of his life.

    All the best through this struggle. Your family will be your support system. God Bless.

  8. Silvia Logan • August 4, 2016 @ 9:33 PM

    I have not really been a great fan of Shannen Doherty, but I feel sorry that she is battling breast cancer at only age 45 and has to do this ghastly chemotherapy. I have heard that they were coming up with new therapies such as immunotherapy and viral therapy which are much milder than chemotherapy and radiation therapy and work more effectively on stage 4 cancer patients. I have heard that many people who had stage 4 cancer have gone to Mexico to do alternative therapies, because either they did not want to do conventional treatments or the conventional treatments were not working on them and they were running out of options. I do not know anything and I cannot recommend how terminal cancer patients should be treated, I am not a medical doctor. However, what I hear comes from the Internet, and I cannot believe everything that comes from the Internet. I just wish that she recovers from this dreadful disease.

  9. David P • August 7, 2016 @ 6:44 PM

    Don’t give up 5 years is a long time. Cancer might be cured by then. Until then you must do whatever you can to slow the cancer down. Never give up and never surrender.

  10. Sarah • August 8, 2016 @ 3:15 AM

    I was diagnosed last May at age 42 and also found it had spread to my lymph nodes. I am still considered stage 3 though, so I hope this is the case for Shannen too. I finished all my treatment at Christmas and this year is my recovery year. Thank God I didn’t have to wait for anything to do with insurance here in Australia! So far, we don’t think it has spread any further, so I’m hoping it stays. This way. Good luck to you Shannen.

  11. mike • August 8, 2016 @ 6:35 AM

    Wake up, people. There will never be a cure for cancer. Decades of research and billions spent. What do we got? How do we treat patients? With the same old chemotherapy and radiation. And trying to cure cancer with radiation…doesn’t that sound like trying to extinguish a fire by throwing gasoline on it?

  12. brian • December 14, 2016 @ 8:11 PM

    Listen, eat greEN ( organic), kombachu mushroom tea ( know a guy who cured stage 4 cancer with this), green tea ( organic ), bicarbonate, partial fasting, yogurt ( no sugar and organic) , ginger, garlic.Now, will you people go read and study these ingredients because I lost three relatives in two years because of cancer.I just wish people would read.All of these people did chemo too , very toxic stuff.GO WRITE THESE INGREDIENTS DIWN AND READ ABOUT THEM ( from multiple sources please )

  13. RM • March 23, 2017 @ 1:25 PM

    Think positive and I will continue to pray for a quick and total healing.

  14. Carlo • June 15, 2018 @ 7:54 AM

    hry shannen ilove you show charmd my aunt had breast cancer eight years ago qnd she recoverd from the kelmo i hope you survive god bless

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