Our 12 Biggest Celebrity Health Stories of 2023

Oprah Winfrey embraced weight loss medication. Taylor Swift became an exemplar of physical fitness. Matthew Perry succumbed to addiction. These stars’ experiences resonated, maybe because they reflect the hopes, ambitions, and struggles that so many of us share when it comes to our health.

Here’s a look back at a remarkable year.

1. Shannen Doherty’s Stage 4 Breast Cancer Spread to Her Bones

The actor and podcast host, who rose to fame in the ’80s and ’90s as a star in the hit shows Beverly Hills, 90210 and Charmed, announced in December that her breast cancer had returned and spread to her bones.

Diagnosed in 2015, Doherty underwent a single mastectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiation. In 2017, her cancer had gone into remission, but by 2020 it had returned, and she later announced it had spread to her brain.

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