Holly Marie Combs is opening up about the time that she faced having a tumor the size of a baseball while filming the 1998 popular drama series Charmed.
“They had found a rather large tumor in my uterus during this season, and it kept growing at a rate that was not healthy,” the 49-year-old actress stated while discussing the 21st episode on The House of Halliwell podcast.
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Afraid that the tumor was cancerous, Combs noted that the series had stopped filming for a total of 2 weeks while she underwent surgery. She added that after the show returned to production, her character had several scenes where she was sitting since it was difficult for her to walk. But, the experience actually brought the cast closer.
Holly Marie Combs on Charmed
“We got very close, all of us, during this time,” said Combs. “Shannen [Doherty] would leave my hospital room, and Alyssa [Milano] and her mom would come in. When I went home, Alyssa’s mom had made me chicken soup and food for the week because it was a really major surgery. The girls really pulled together during this time for me.”
Charmed went on for a total of eight seasons on The WB from 1998 to 2006 with Milano, Combs, and Doherty starring as sisters who discovered their witches and user power to fight evil forces. Combs went on to reveal that she is now looking forward to getting two more benign tumors that developed removed.
“No one has any idea how much both Shannen and Alyssa did for me during this time. That’s the s–-t that really bugs me. No one has any idea how much we went through behind the scenes, and how much we did together, and how close we were.”
“Alyssa was in my hospital bed with me. I was like, ‘You’re on my catheter, kid, you’ve got to get off,” Combs recalled.
Doherty, Who went on to play big sister Prue Halliwell on the series, has also documented her own health battles, having trouble with breast cancer since 2015.