Doherty found a lump in her breast in 2015 and was given the news that she had breast cancer. After some time on hormone therapy, she eventually required radiation, chemotherapy, and a single mastectomy.
In 2017, Doherty’s cancer entered remission. Unfortunately, stage IV breast cancer returned in February 2020. Other areas of her body had also been affected by her condition.
Breast cancer can be diagnosed in stages ranging from 0 to IV, with higher numbers denoting a more invasive malignancy or how far the malignant cells have spread outside of the initial tumour.
According to the Mayo Clinic, stage 0 denotes a disease that is noninvasive or contained within the milk ducts, while stage IV (also known as metastatic breast cancer, which is the stage Doherty is in) denotes that the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
According to the American Cancer Society, more than 150,000 breast cancer survivors in the US are coping with metastatic disease.
Despite the fact that metastatic breast cancer is frequently incurable, research has found that because to technological advancements, patients’ lives have increased.
To get through these challenging years of cancer treatment, Doherty acted in two TV movies last year: List of a Lifetime and Dying to Belong.
Over the years, the actress has used social media to talk about a variety of facets of her battle with cancer, including her experiences with chemotherapy.
She also revealed to her readers in an article from October of last year about her battle with breast cancer: “I experienced multiple nose bleeds from the chemo.”
I don’t know whether any of you have experienced this. I was also worn out. I put on some hilarious pyjamas that my friend Kristy had given me to help me feel better.
Did these actually improve my mood? Yes!! Lol. I was able to make fun of myself because I thought I was foolish. I was able to get through what seemed impossible by laughing. We can all chuckle at the impossibility, I believe.