Former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted a message of support to Julia Louis-Dreyfus after she revealed she is battling breast cancer.
He posted a photo of him and the Veep star wearing aviator sunglasses, writing: ‘We Veeps stick together. Jill and I, and all of the Bidens, are with you, Julia.’
Louis-Dreyfus responded: ‘@JoeBiden yes we do. Love back to all of you.’
Biden and his wife Jill founded the Biden Cancer Initiative in June to honor his late son Beau who died of brain cancer in 2015. He was 46 years old.
The charity aims to ‘accelerate progress in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, research, and care, and to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes.’
Joe Biden tweeted this photo of him and Julia Louis-Dreyfus after she announced she was battling breast cancer. His son Beau, 46, died of brain cancer in 2015
The Veep actress responded to the former vice president’s message of encouragement. She was diagnosed the day after her record setting Emmy win
Louis-Dreyfus was diagnosed one day after her record-setting Emmy win.
The 56-year-old Veep actress took to Twitter on Thursday sharing the shocking news with a photo of a personal note.
‘Just when you thought…’ she tweeted, with the image attached. ‘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.
‘The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.’
No other details about her condition were immediately available. It’s unclear if there is a history of breast cancer in her family.
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus has revealed she is battling breast cancer after being diagnosed one day following her record-setting Emmy win (above at the Emmy’s on September 17)
Louis-Dreyfus (above) was spotted in Santa Monica, California on September 18, the day she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The actress reportedly had her husband drive her to Saint Joseph Hospital where she spent four hours inside
The 56-year-old took to Twitter on Thursday sharing the shocking news with a photo of a personal note
The actress’ rep told US Weekly: ‘Julia is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support and well wishes.’
Earlier this month, the Veep star won her sixth consecutive Emmy.
She set the record for most wins for a performance in the same role for the same series with that win.
HBO told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement that the mother-of-two learned about her diagnosis just one day after the Emmy awards.
‘Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time,’ HBO said in the statement to THR.
‘Just when you thought…’ she tweeted, with the image attached. ‘1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one.’ She is pictured above in May
The Veep star added: ‘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 is pictured above during season six of Veep in 2017
The actress is best known for her role as Elaine Benes on Seinfeld. She is pictured above during season six of the hit show
‘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 production schedule for Veep will be adjusted as needed, HBO said.
It was recently announced that the upcoming 7th season of the Veep will be its last.
‘We have a great final season that we’re about to start filming with a lot of surprises that our fabulous writers have cooked up,’ Louis-Dreyfus said during her Emmy acceptance speech.
‘We did have a story line about an impeachment, but we abandoned that because we were worried that someone else might get to it first.’
The actress has two children with actor Brad Hall, who she has been married to for 20 years.
Celebrities took to Twitter sharing their support and love for the actress after her announcement. She is pictured above in May at the Peabody Awards
Veep creator Armando Lannucci tweeted: ‘It is possible to be dignified and fierce at the same time. I, and millions others, send Julia our love and support’
Her co-star on the show Veep actor Tony Hale tweeted: ‘We love this woman.’
She is best known for her role as Elaine Benes on Seinfeld.
Fellow celebrities, including her Veep co-stars, shared their support for Louis-Dreyfus on social media after her announcement.
Veep creator Armando Lannucci tweeted: ‘It is possible to be dignified and fierce at the same time. I, and millions others, send Julia our love and support.
Her co-star Tony Hale tweeted: ‘We love this woman.’
Actress Christina Applegate, who won her fight against breast cancer in 2008, immediately tweeted Louis-Dreyfus and wrote: ‘Mama, find me. Let’s talk if you want’.
Applegate had a double mastectomy almost a decade ago after receiving her diagnosis.
Actress Christina Applegate, who won her fight against breast cancer, immediately tweeted Louis-Dreyfus and wrote: ‘Mama, fine me. Let’s talk if you want’.
Comedian Kathy Griffin also tweeted a lengthy note in support of Louis-Dreyfus
Griffin tweeted: ‘major respect, compassionate & love to Julia’ for her honesty
Actor and film director Mark Dupass also tweeted: ‘Sending u all the love all the love all the love…’
Actor Michael McKean wrote: ‘Cancer is no match for you. Stomp it good. xox’
Actress Debra Messing tweeted: ‘J sending all my healing energy your way. You are incredible to use this moment as an opportunity to support others. Thank you. Much love xd’
Comedian Kathy Griffin also tweeted: ‘1/ Sad to think we’re in a place where u may have to actually worry about accidentally reading horrifying responses if u post, but … major respect, compassionate & love to Julia & all the people who will be helped be her honesty.’
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women.
More than 250,000 new cases will be diagnosed in women in 2017, according to the American Cancer Society.
BREAST CANCER: THE FACTS
The term breast cancer refers to a malignant tumor that has developed from cells in the breast tissue.
Typically the disease begins in the cells of the milk-producing glands, or the ducts – the passages the drain milk to the nipple.
Over time, cancer cells can invade nearby healthy breast tissue, and make their way to the lymph nodes in the underarm.
If cancer invades the lymph nodes, the disease has a pathway into other parts of the body, allowing its spread.
When a person is diagnosed with cancer, of any form, they are staged – a process by which doctors judge the severity of the disease.
The term ‘breast cancer’ refers to a malignant tumor that has developed from cells in the breast tissue. Over time, cancer cells can invade nearby healthy breast tissue, and make their way to the lymph nodes in the underarm, allowing the disease to spread to other parts of the body
Breast cancer’s stage refers to how far the cancer cells have spread beyond the original tumor.
Breast cancer is always triggered by a genetic abnormality – a ‘mistake’ in the genetic material.
However, in just five to 10 percent of cases, breast cancer is caused by an abnormality inherited from a parent.
In the majority of cases the disease is caused by genetic abnormalities that are the result of the aging process, and general ‘wear and tear’.
Shannen Doherty’s breast cancer was described as being ‘invasive breast cancer metastatic to at least one lymph node’, according to court documents.
The 44-year-old’s diagnosis was revealed in the papers, filed as part of a lawsuit against her former business manager.
The Beverley Hills 90210 star claims her former business manager allowed her health insurance to lapse, during which time the star said she didn’t regularly visit doctors.
Doctors reportedly told the star her cancer had spread during 2014, while she was uninsured.
As a result, the Charmed actress, claims had she been insured during that time she would have visited a doctor, and her cancer would not have spread so far before it was detected.
Describing breast cancer as being metastatic suggests the actress’s disease has spread, possibly beyond the one lymph node described in the court documents.
Around one in eight American women will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.
There are eight key signs of breast cancer, including a change in size or shape, redness or a rash on the skin, a lump or thickening and a change in skin texture, such as puckering or dimpling
Furthermore, women should check for discharge from the nipple, a swelling in the armpit or around the collarbone, an inverted nipple and constant pain in a breast or armpit
This year, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women, along with 61,000 cases of non-invasive breast cancer.
Though death rates have been decreasing since 1989, around 40,450 women in the US lose their lives each year to the disease.
For American women breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other form of the disease, other than lung cancer.
Furthermore, the disease is the second most common form of cancer diagnosed in women – behind skin cancer.
A woman’s risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer almost doubles if she has a first-degree relative – a mother, sister or daughter – who has been diagnosed with the disease.
However, the most significant risk factors for the disease are being female, and age, growing older.