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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Just Announced That She Has Breast Cancer

"1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I'm the one," the award-winning actor shared on Twitter.

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In a tweet posted on Thursday, she captioned it, "Just when you thought..." followed by a screenshot of a note that read, "1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I'm the one."

"The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union," she wrote. "The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let's fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality."

HBO spokeswoman Cecile Cross-Plummer told BuzzFeed News the actor received her diagnosis the day after the Emmy awards, where she won her sixth consecutive award for Veep.

But, Cross-Plummer said, Louis-Dreyfus's illness did not affect the decision to make this the final season of the show.

"We will adjust production as needed, but the writers will still be in the writing room," Cross-Plummer said. "We have every confidence she will get through this with her usual tenacity and undaunted spirit, and look forward to her return to health and to HBO for the final season of Veep."

Louis-Dreyfus's publicist declined to provide further details, but said the actor "is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support and well wishes."


Those well wishes poured in on social media after news of the diagnosis hit, including from the former vice president himself.

We Veeps stick together. Jill and I, and all of the Bidens, are with you, Julia.

And fellow actor Christina Applegate — who has had breast cancer and a double mastectomy — offered her help. "Mama, find me. Let's talk if you want," she tweeted.

@OfficialJLD Mama, find me. Let's talk if you want

@1capplegate @OfficialJLD ❤️❤️❤️ sisters are everything. Beyond blood. Beyond name. Thank you for lending your hear…

J sending all my healing energy your way. You are incredible to use this moment as an opportunity to support others…

@OfficialJLD You've got an army of fans ready to fight with you as well. Just send up the bat signal when needed.


@OfficialJLD I was the one this year too! Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

@OfficialJLD Cancer is no match for you. Stomp it good. xox

@OfficialJLD If laughter if the best medicine, cancer has no chance when it comes to you!

Fuck. Fuck. I don't think I realized how much I love this woman, who I don't know. Love her more for speaking up fo…

Of course, people unleashed Veep and Seinfeld gifs.

I have literally never been less concerned about someone beating cancer than I am Julia Louis Dreyfus


@OfficialJLD Best of luck with your fight! Tell it to "get out!"

Many fans are confident that "a strong fucking woman" could "kick cancer's ass."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a strong fucking woman and I know for a fact she’ll kick cancer’s ass and she’ll be okay and…

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a national treasure. I will fight anyone who says otherwise. I love everything about her

Julia Louis-Dreyfus: You are Beyoncé. And we love you very much.

Blake Montgomery is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in San Francisco.

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