Article Nov 13, 2016

You are no longer passing

Shannen Doherty tells Michael Buble to 'stay positive' after cancer news

Shannen Doherty has reached out to Michael Buble following the news his three-year-old son is battling cancer.

The 45-year-old actress, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in February last year (15), reacted to the devastating announcement on Friday (04Nov16) that Buble's eldest son Noah is being treated in the U.S. for an unknown type of cancer.

While being honoured with the American Cancer Society's Courage Award in Beverly Hills on Saturday (05Nov16), Shannen reached out to the singer and offered up some advice.

"I can't even begin to touch that one to be honest, because it's a three-year-old," the Charmed star told Entertainment Tonight. "I would imagine your child having cancer is devastating as a parent."

Shannen then told Buble and his model wife Luisana Lopilato to "stay positive" and trust in their doctors. "Make sure you have amazing doctors, a great team and know that organizations like the American Cancer Society, Stand Up to Cancer, they are doing so much good for cancer," she continued.

"Stay positive. That positivity, that outlook on life that you can get through something, it actually does get you through."

Sarah Michelle Gellar presented her longtime friend with the award at the ceremony on Saturday, and became visibly emotional as she talked about Shannen's cancer battle.

Fighting back tears, she said the former Beverly Hills, 90210 star had "always been a courageous person", but over the past year had become "a one-woman army".

Shannen then gave a candid speech after accepting her award, and also revealed she was about to start radiotherapy after completing chemotherapy.

"Cancer has changed my life for the better. It's made me a better human being. It stripped away all of the walls and the barriers," Shannen explained.

"It exposes any lie in your life whatsoever. It exposes who's not really truly there for you and who really is there for you. It's this amazing thing where you look at people and realize their worth and what good hearts they have because they're not running."