Julia Louis-Dreyfus On Why She Went Public With Cancer Battle

Just over one year after announcing her breast cancer diagnosis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus has spoken about her battle with the disease on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

“I know we have to get this cancer shit out of the way,” the 57-year-old joked during her appearance.

“I feel very strong. I got red lips, what can go wrong?” she said. “Everything is good, I’m back to work on Veep, which is amazing,” she added on beating the disease.

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She also discussed why she felt the need to go public with her breast cancer diagnosis last September, revealing that production for Veep being halted for her treatment was one of the reasons she chose to disclose her battle to fans.

"First and foremost, we had stalled Veep production because of my situation,” she explained. “A lot of people worked for me, so I knew I really couldn’t keep it private because I had to tell everybody what was going on.”

“I got a lot of positive feedback,” she told Kimmel. “I think people liked that I had a sense of humour about it,” she added.

In September this year, Louis-Dreyfus sat down with PEOPLE to talk about her recovery.

"I’m grateful to be alive,” she said. “I’m grateful for my heroic husband and our lovely young boys, or young men, I should say, who are our boys. And my friends and family. I’m grateful I have the life I have.”

“It’s just a joy to do what you want to do and have success with it,” she added. “That’s happened to me in my life and it doesn’t happen to everybody. I’m well aware I’ve had a great deal of good fortune.”

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Louis-Dreyfus -- who became a household name after starring as Elaine Benes in hit sitcom Seinfeld in the '90s -- also spoke out on the importance of affordable healthcare for Americans.

“I think it’s an important conversation to have about health and health care,” she said on the show. “I very much considered the notion that as someone battling this disease, the idea that I might not have health insurance, which I do thanks to my great union, is completely terrifying.”

“Health care should be for all,” she said. “I believed that before and now I really know it.”

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