Shannen Doherty starts radiation treatment, shares photo from first day

Shannen attends the 5th biennial Stand Up To Cancer televised fundraising event at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on September 9. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29 (UPI) — Shannen Doherty shared a photo on Instagram from her first day of radiation treatment Monday.

She posted, “First day of radiation treatment. I look like I’m about to make a run for it which is accurate. Radiation is frightening to me. Something about not being able to see the laser, see the treatment and having this machine moving around you just scares me. I’m sure I’ll get used to it but right now…. I hate it. #radiation #radiationmondaysucks #stillfightinglikeagirl”

The 45-year-old actress has shared her journey through breast cancer on social media with pictures and videos of her struggles and triumphs. In early November she began the process of reconstructing the breast she lost during a single mastectomy last year and posted a video to Instagram during an appointment with Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Jay Orringer.

“Getting my expander expanded by my reconstructive surgeon @jayorringermd and the lovely Ana Marie,” Doherty explained. “I consider myself very lucky and very blessed to have this man as my doctor. The last couple of days have been busy gearing up for radiation. #warrior #fightlikeagirl #cancerslayer.”

Doherty said the temporary expander, which is used to prepare the muscle for the permanent implant, had to be made bigger ahead of her radiation therapy since the “radiation shrinks it.”

She recently shared a photo of herself getting a CT scan for the mapping for her radiation and wrote about her anxiety of the process. She wrote, “Ct scan to do mapping for radiation plan. This scared me so much. Not sure why. Was supposed to get it with contrast but the minute they started looking at which vein to use I started crying. Full panic attack. Sometimes, you just get sick of being poked. And that’s ok. I cried. I felt sorry for myself for a minute. Then stopped and reminded myself of how lucky I am. Thank God my new radiation oncologist decided to try without contrast so I would calm down. So…. one panic attack down and mapping done!! Now to actually start radiation… #cancerslayer #warrior #fightlikeagirl #blessed

The actress, popular for roles in “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Charmed” and the film “Heathers,” announced that she will appear in the television reboot of the 1980’s film.


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