Angela “Big Ang” Raiola is facing another major cancer crisis.
RadarOnline.com has learned that 55-year-old Mob Wives star is currently hospitalized — and that her battle with cancer has grown much more serious.
“I’m in the hospital,” Raiola told Radar.
Another source close to the reality queen confirmed that Ang’s cancer is now at stage four, that she hasn’t responded to chemo treatments which she started this year, and that one of the tumors has gotten bigger.
“It’s serious,” the source said. “She isn’t doing well right now.”
Big Ang’s fight has gotten so severe that her sister Janine Detore told Radar that she has started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for her ailing sister.
“As you know my sister was diagnosed with stage 4 brain and lung cancer,” she wrote on the page. “Chemotherapy was started January 5 th. On January 26th the doctor reviewed her CT scan and informed us that the treatment was not working, and in fact one tumor grew larger and the other tumors had no change.”
“We were advised that she would start immunotherapy the following week,” Detore continued.
According to Detore, Raiola’s “breathing is labored and the amount of pain she is having is by far more than she could handle.”
So Detore is trying to raise money to help her sister purchase “cannabis oil” to use as an “alternative” treatment and to reduce her pain..
“Angela cannot function to work anymore,” Detore said. “I’m not sure that it will work but I’m praying.”
Raiola might be fighting her “biggest battle” yet — as her sister put it — but she has a major support system to lean on throughout all of this.
“I do know that she is in good spirits,” her costar Karen Gravano told Radar. “All of us Mob Wives are rallying around her.”
“She has a lot of support and family,” Gravano added. “Cancer is a day-to-day battle and she battling with a lot of loved ones and support. She is fighter. Mob wives are going to come together to fight with her to beat this.”
As Radar previously reported, Raiola was hospitalized last April for a giant throat tumor.
She is also currently separated from her husband Neil Murphy, 43.
“Right now, I think it’s time to focus on myself,” Raiola previously told Radar. “I’m always focusing on Neil, taking care of my grandchildren, taking care of my kids — I think it’s time to take care of Angela.”