Shannen Doherty has spoken about battling stage four breast cancer, saying she is going to "keep fighting to stay alive".

The American actress was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and it went into remission two years later. In February 2020, she revealed that it had returned and she had stage four cancer.

During an appearance on Good Morning America, she gave fans an update on her progress, saying: "I'm living life. I'm spending a lot of time with friends and family, and working.

"I think work was always very fulfilling to me, but in a way, it's become even more fulfilling."

The Charmed and Beverly Hills, 90210 star spoke about how people battling cancer can be underestimated.

She said: "A lot of people who get diagnosed with stage four [cancer], they sort of get written off. It's assumed that they cannot work or they can't work at their full capacity, and that is not true and that is something I would like people to stop assuming, and give us a chance to prove them wrong."

Doherty said battling the illness has changed her outlook on life.

"You really have to dig deep to face cancer and in that, you find all this stuff that you had hidden away and it's beautiful things that you find. You find the vulnerability, you find your trust in people again, you find forgiveness," she shared.

The actress also explained why she doesn't like the concept of making "bucket lists".

"A bucket list almost feels like things you check off before you die," she said. "I never want to operate like that.

"I just want to operate as I don't have things to check off because I'm going to keep fighting to stay alive."

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