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Shannen Doherty Insists She's 'Thriving' Despite Battle With Breast Cancer, Says It's Her 'Ultimate Dream' To Help Find A Cure

Dec. 14 2021, Published 12:12 p.m. ET

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Actress Shannen Doherty is still battling stage 4 breast cancer, but the 50-year-old actress is never giving up.

In fact, she's already making plans as to how she can use her time in the new year to best fight the devastating disease.

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"If I were dreaming of what would happen in 2022, I think lot more research and progression as far as finding the cure for cancer is my ultimate, ultimate dream," she told Entertainment Tonight. "Because even though I am thriving and I’m doing well, I still have cancer."

The Beverly Hills, 90210 alum explained that in the back of her mind, she's always asking herself things like, "What can I do to help bring more awareness, what can I do the help raise money, what can I do to sort of push research for not just myself but for everybody else who is suffering from cancer?"

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Aside from trying to help find a miracle cure, the star said she has more realistic goals for 2022 as well.

"I hope that my health just continues to be stable and that I continue the relationships with my husband, my mom and my friends, and I hope their work continues to grow and it only gets better," she shared. "I just hope that next year, work continues. I hope I continue to get these opportunities and that I continue to work with people that I've always admired and wanted to work with."

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In one of her most recent projects, Lifetime's TV movie List of a Lifetime, Doherty plays a breast cancer patient. In the flick, her character makes a bucket list of things she wants to do, and though the star has never made one herself, she's glad the part shows audiences that cancer patients can still lead a full life.

"I feel like I have a responsibility in my more public life, which I separate from my acting life ... to talk about cancer and perhaps educate people more and let people know that people with stage 4 are very much alive and very active," she said. "I want to be a beacon light for other people. Or at least somebody that people can relate to."

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