Shannen Doherty On Her Cancer Battle: 'It Tears You Down And Builds You'

The actress opens up to Chelsea Handler in a new interview.

Actress Shannen Doherty has been admirably open about her battle with breast cancer, sharing her day-to-day experience both on social media and in interviews. She recently sat down with comedian Chelsea Handler for a new episode of her Netflix talk show Chelsea. Handler has a personal connection to breast cancer through her mother, who passed away of the disease in 2006.

Doherty shared with Handler how her fight against cancer has changed her. She said, via People, "I think what's beautiful and hard and interesting about cancer is that it tears you down and builds you, and tears you down and builds you. It remakes you so many different times. The person I thought I was supposed to be or was going to be or who I thought I was six months ago is now somebody completely different. I realize, 'Wow, I really thought that I was so brave and so gracious this entire time and really I was just hiding.'"

She added of the experience, "It was hard in the sense of rethinking sort of who you are and how you come to terms with who are now and accepting it and looking at your husband and thinking like, 'Dude, I'm so sorry.' "

Earlier this week, Doherty thanked Handler on Instagram for her support, writing that she has "made a point to have date nights with me on a weekly basis."

On Thursday, Doherty shared that she had finished chemotherapy and was moving on to radiation therapy. "Sometimes it seems like chemo will never end," she wrote. "Sometimes you wonder if you have the courage to face cancer and all that comes with it." 

"Dig deep," she urged. "The courage, strength and tenacity is there inside us all." She added the hashtag #fightlikeagirl, which she uses in many of her posts. We commend Doherty for continuing to educate and inspire people, and wish her all the best on her road to recovery.

See a first look at Doherty's interview below, and watch the full episode now on Netflix.