Shannen Doherty has revealed that she is battling breast cancer.
The former Charmed actress confirmed the news to the media yesterday after legal documents leaked showing that she was suing her business manager, who she claims is responsible for the severity of her cancer.
Management company Tanner Mainstain Glynn & Johnson was tasked with handling Shannen's finances in exchange for 5% of her earnings, TMZ reports. However the actress alleges that last year the company ignored an invoice for a medical insurance premium, meaning her insurance was cancelled.
As she was unable to re-enroll until 2015, Shannen was left without medical insurance for several months, during which time she didn't get any health check-ups, as she claims would have been regular practice for her before. In March of this year, Shannen was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer which first began spreading during 2014.
The actress was also told that "had she been insured and able to visit her doctor, the cancer could potentially have been stopped, thus obviating the need for future treatment (including mastectomy and chemotherapy) that [she] will likely have to suffer through now," according to the documents.
Tanner Mainstain Glynn & Johnson has dismissed the claims as "patently false.
In a statement to PEOPLE magazine yesterday, the 90210 star said she was optimistic in the face of her illness. "Yes, I have breast cancer, and I am currently undergoing treatment," she confirmed.
"I am continuing to eat right, exercise and stay very positive about my life. I am thankful to my family, friends and doctors for their support and, of course, my fans who have stood by me."
Wishing Shannen all the best for a full recovery.