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Shannen Doherty Shaves Her Head as She Battles Breast Cancer

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Shannen Doherty has been candid on social media about her battle with breast cancer since going public last August. On Tuesday night, the 45-year-old actress took fans through the next steps of her treatment: shaving her head.

“Cupcake pan, chocolates and a razor stay tuned,” Doherty captioned her first Instagram post while giving a glimpse of what was to come. “#Cancersucks #thankgodforfriends” she added.

With friend Anne Kortright-Shilstat and mom Rosa Elizabeth by her side, Doherty then walked fans thought the emotional process, a series of black and white photos.

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Rosa Elizabeth embraces her daughter in one photo – both ladies looking as if they’re carrying the weight of the diagnosis and head-shaving process heavy on their hearts.

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Doherty, 45, chopps her own hair off in another photo, and pauses for a smiling photo with her mom and friend in another.

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She appears to have some lighthearted fun with the process at one point, letting her hair stand up on its end and smirking at the camera.

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By the end, the Beverly Hills 90210 alum appears strong, smiling in a selfie with Kortright-Shilstat and her short-new haircut.

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Puerto Rican fashion model Kortright-Shilstat, who appears to have shaved Doherty’s head, posted the same selfie together with Doherty, along with a message of support to her friend.

“I couldn’t be prouder of you today,” she wrote. “Your strength and courage is so inspiring and I am so very lucky to have you in my life.”

“Thank you for blindly trusting me today to help you with such a big step. I will forever be there for you no matter what,” she added.