June 19, 2009 at 04:06 AM EDT

Sources confirm to EW that Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl’s option has been picked up for another season of the ABC series. At the end of the last season of the medical drama, the fate of Heigl’s character, Izzie, was left uncertain, as she underwent brain surgery following a diagnosis of stage 4 brain and liver cancer. Heigl had been rumored to be looking to exit the show in order to focus on her film career but in public statements maintained her desire to continue in the role.

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