"The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union," the actress added. "The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let's fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality."
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Louis-Dreyfus made her last public appearance Sept. 17 for the 2017 Emmys, where she took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in Veep. In doing so, she made Emmys history with sixth consecutive wins in the same category for the same role.
"We have a great final season that we're about to start filming—a lot of surprises that our fabulous writers have cooked up," Louis-Dreyfus said during her acceptance speech. "We did have a whole storyline about an impeachment, but we did abandon that because we were worried that someone else might get to it first. This is and continues to be the role of a lifetime and an adventure of utter joy. Thank you so, so much."
Just when you thought... pic.twitter.com/SbtYChwiEj— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) September 28, 2017
E! News has learned that Louis-Dreyfus received her diagnosis the day after the Emmys, although it was not a factor in the decision to end Veep. Writers will continue to work on the show's final season, and production will be adjusted as needed to accommodate her treatment.
Louis-Dreyfus has the support of her cast and crew, as well as with HBO. "Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time," a rep for the network tells E! News in a statement. "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."
The actress, who famously played Elaine Benes on Seinfeld, has two children with Brad Hall.
Louis-Dreyfus did not offer additional details related to her diagnosis. In a statement to E! News, her rep says, "Julia is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support and well wishes."
Veep recently announced that the upcoming seventh season of the HBO hit will be its last.