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Shannen Doherty says losing her hair during chemotherapy was ‘a struggle for herself’ as she shares emotional photos taken ‘the day the decision was made to shave my head’


Shannen Doherty has shared her experience of living as a cancer survivor, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

First diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, the Beverly Hills 90210 star opens up about the emotional battle she endured when she lost her hair during chemotherapy treatments in her latest Instagram post on Saturday.

‘When I started chemotherapy, I tried a cold cap in hopes of saving my hair. Although it works for many and is amazing, it did not work for me, ‘Doherty began in the caption of two emotional photos showing her breaking down in tears.

Cancer survivor: Shannen Doherty, 50, shared two photos taken after her first breast cancer diagnosis in 2015 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month;  she is seen in a photo posted on her Instagram page on August 26th

Cancer survivor: Shannen Doherty, 50, shared two photos taken after her first breast cancer diagnosis in 2015 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month; she is seen in a photo posted on her Instagram page on August 26th

The 50-year-old actress went on to say that her ‘hair fell out in lumps’ when she washed it.

‘I had bald spots and it was getting harder and harder to hide them. I finally made a decision to shave what was left of my hair, ‘she explained.

‘It was a fight in itself. I loved my hair. It had defined me to some degree and given me a kind of safety blanket. ‘

She ended the post by adding: ‘I share with you the day the decision was made to shave my head. #breastcancerawareness’

Heartbreaking: Beverly Hills 90210 alum detailed her fight to keep her hair during chemotherapy treatments in 2016

Heartbreaking: Beverly Hills 90210 alum detailed her fight to keep her hair during chemotherapy treatments in 2016

Her story: The actress revealed that she made the decision to shave her head when lumps of hair fell out during chemo;  she can be seen laughing at tears during treatments

Her story: The actress revealed that she made the decision to shave her head when lumps of hair fell out during chemo; she can be seen laughing at tears during treatments

In one of the black-and-white photos, Doherty can be seen crying and being comforted as she grabbed her thinner hair.

She cries with tears over her hair loss in the second snap of the post.

Due to the presence of multiple tumors, Doherty had a single mastectomy in May 2016, which was followed by chemotherapy treatments and radiation therapy because the cancer was more advanced than previously thought.

In 2017, Doherty announced to the public that her cancer was in remission.

But in February 2020, she revealed that the cancer had returned the year before and that she is now in stage four.

Just two days ago, Doherty posted two photos of herself balding, revealing that she would like to share more of 'my personal journey from my first diagnosis to my second'.

Just two days ago, Doherty posted two photos of herself balding, revealing that she would like to share more of ‘my personal journey from my first diagnosis to my second’.

Humor as Medicine: Doherty shared how wearing funny pajamas encouraged her during the harsh chemotherapy treatments

Humor as Medicine: Doherty shared how wearing funny pajamas encouraged her during the harsh chemotherapy treatments

Just two days ago, Doherty posted two photos of herself balding, revealing that she would like to share more of ‘my personal journey from my first diagnosis to my second’.

‘Is it all beautiful? NO, but it’s truthful, and my hope for sharing is that we all become more educated, more familiar with what cancer looks like. I hope I encourage people to have mammograms done, for regular check-ups, to cut through fear and see what may be in front of you, ‘she wrote in the caption.

‘I had a lot of nosebleeds from chemo. Do not know if any of you have experienced this. I was also more than tired. I cheered myself up by putting on fun pajamas that my friend Kristy gave me. Did they really encourage me? Yes!! Laugh out loud. I looked ridiculous, and in that ridiculousness I could laugh at myself. Finding humor helped me get through what seemed impossible. I hope we all find humor in the impossible. #breastcancerawareness’

Doherty, originally from Memphis, Tennessee, has been married to photographer Kurt Iswarienko since 2011.

Second diagnosis: Last year, Doherty revealed that her cancer returned in 2019 and that she is now stage four;  The actor has been married to photographer Kurt Iswarienko since 2011

Second diagnosis: Last year, Doherty revealed that her cancer returned in 2019 and that she is now stage four; The actor has been married to photographer Kurt Iswarienko since 2011

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