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Shannen Doherty’s Breast Cancer Battle: Her Heartbreaking Struggle To Get Treatment

Wed, August 19, 2015 3:12pm EDT by 10 Comments
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Beverly Hills 90201 actress Shannen Doherty is not only fighting for her life, but she’s fighting in court to sue her business management. She’s claiming that because they neglected to pay for her insurance, she was not able to catch her breast cancer early enough — find out more.

This is crazy and so sad! Shannen Doherty, 44, went to Los Angeles Superior Court on August 19 to pursue a lawsuit against the business management firm of Tanner Mainstain. Apparently, they dropped the ball on maintaining her medical insurance premiums, leaving her uninsured during the time when her breast cancer was unknowingly spreading.

Court documents claim that Shannen discovered she had invasive breast cancer in March, and that it had spread during a time when she was uninsured. Shannen claims she didn’t know that when she was fired by her management firm, her insurance was terminated.

“In November 2013, SAG sent the premium invoice to Tanner Mainstain for Plaintiff’s medical insurance coverage for the year 2014,” states the complaint obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, which you can read here. “However, Defendants ignored it, failed to pay it (without informing Plaintiff) and then promptly terminated their relationship with [Doherty] effective February 7, 2014.”

The complaint continues, “Plaintiff was also informed that, had she been insured and able to visit her doctor, the cancer could potentially have been stopped, thus obviating the need for the future treatment (including mastectomy and chemotherapy) that Plaintiff will likely have to suffer through now.”

HollywoodLifers, what do you make of this crazy situation? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

— Shira Benozilio