It was revealed in August 2015 that Shannen Doherty has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The news came to light when TMZ discovered a lawsuit the “Beverly Hills, 90210” actress filed against former management company Tanner, Mainstain, Glynn & Johnson.
Doherty alleged that the company failed to make a health insurance payment, which led to a lapse in her coverage and a subsequent many-month delay in her visiting a doctor. The breast cancer diagnosis eventually came in March 2015.
After the lawsuit made her diagnosis public, Doherty said in a statement, “Yes, I have breast cancer, and I am currently undergoing treatment.” The court documents also stated that Doherty would likely need to undergo a mastectomy and chemotherapy.
Now in a series of Instagram posts, the actress has shaved her head. She does not go into any detail about her current cancer treatments, but her friend Anne Kortright-Shilstat also posted one of the photos with a caption that implies the act is because of Doherty’s cancer treatment.
“I couldn’t be prouder of you today. Your strength and courage is so inspiring and I am so very lucky to have you in my life,” writes Kortright-Shilstat. “Thank you for blindly trusting me today to help you with such a big step. I will forever be there for you no matter what. #fuckcancer.”
Doherty’s mom Rosa was also on hand to help her daughter with this scary step that many women choose to take in the fight against cancer.
Based on the photos, Doherty is keeping a positive attitude and even having a little fun with the act of shaving her head.