Doherty, 48, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, opened up on “Good Morning America” that she had been privately living with cancer again for a year. She did not specify the type of cancer during her interview.
USA TODAY has reached out to her representative for further comment.
“I don’t think that I’ve processed it,” the “Beverly Hills, 90210” alum told Amy Robach. “It’s a bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways. I definitely have days where I say, ‘Why me?’ And then I go, ‘Well, why not me? Who else besides me deserves this?’ None of us do.”
Doherty is currently in the middle of a lawsuit against State Farm over claims she was forced to pay out of pocket after her house was “severely damaged” in the 2018 Woolsey fire. She said she decided to come forward with her diagnosis because legal documents, which mention her cancer, will soon be made public ahead of the trial.
“I’d rather people hear it from me,” she said. “I don’t want it to be twisted; I don’t want it to be a court document. I want it to be real and authentic and I want to control the narrative. I want people to know from me.”
Doherty did not share a specific date for her new diagnosis, but revealed she worked on the “BH 90210” reboot last year amid her health struggles. She said decided to join the cast in part to pay tribute to the late Luke Perry, but also to be an example to others battling cancer.
“I thought… people can look at that and say, ‘Oh my God, yeah. She can work and other people with stage 4 can work, too.’ Our life doesn’t end the minute we get that diagnosis,” she added.
‘I’m lucky to be alive’:‘90210’ star Shannen Doherty gets candid on breast cancer battle
Doherty previously told USA TODAY at the Television Critics Association it’s impossible to “face something like cancer and not be a different person.”
“Not that I was that person to begin with,” she continued. “It just allowed me to maybe take down my walls a little bit to maybe show the softer side of who I am, but there’s none of that in the new ‘90210.’ “
Doherty said her first concern was how she was going to tell her family members.
Speaking about her previous cancer battle, she told People in August 2019, “I don’t think you’re ever on the other side (of cancer). I don’t think about the fact that I’m in remission. I look at it like I’m lucky to be alive every minute, every second of the day.”