Mob Wives' Big Ang has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer

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'Mob Wives' Star Big Ang's Throat Tumor Is Cancerous

Big Ang, breakout star of Mob Wives and Staten Island's most charismatic barkeep, has been diagnosed with stage-four cancer. Her family has revealed that Big Ang (whose real name is Angela Raiola) is battling stage-four lung and brain cancer, and was informed at the end of January that recent chemotherapy treatments have been unsuccessful. Raiola's sister, Janine Detore, created a GoFundMe page this week to raise money for alternative treatment, specifically cannabis oil, for the 55-year-old reality star. As Detore explains, "the amount of pain she is having is by far more than she could handle," adding that "Angela cannot function to work anymore," and recently had to go the emergency room. Big Ang was diagnosed with a "lemon-sized" tumor in her throat last March — after which she said she quit smoking cold turkey — and underwent surgery in June. As of Thursday, the page has exceeded its $25,000 goal and raised more than $31,000.

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Mob Wives' Big Ang has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer
STATEN ISLAND, NY - JANUARY 13: Big Ang attends Mob Wives 'The Last Stand' Season 6 Viewing Party at Funky Monkey Lounge on January 13, 2016 in Staten Island, New York. (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 21: Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola attends OK! Magazine's So Sexy event at SkyBar at the Mondrian Los Angeles on May 21, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Photo by: Demis Maryannakis/STAR MAX/IPx 12/11/15 "Big Ang" Raiola at Farrah Abraham's Christmas Event and "Bedchambers". (NYC)
CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP - 'George Hamilton & Alana Stewart/Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola' - Actor George Hamilton ('The Godfather Part III') and his ex-wife, actress and former model Alana Stewart swap lives with Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola ('Mob Wives') on 'Celebrity Wife Swap,' WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5 (10:00- 11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Giovanni Rufino/ABC via Getty Images)
CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP - 'George Hamilton & Alana Stewart/Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola' - Actor George Hamilton ('The Godfather Part III') and his ex-wife, actress and former model Alana Stewart swap lives with Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola ('Mob Wives') on 'Celebrity Wife Swap,' WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5 (10:00- 11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Giovanni Rufino/ABC via Getty Images)
CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP - 'George Hamilton & Alana Stewart/Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola' - Actor George Hamilton ('The Godfather Part III') and his ex-wife, actress and former model Alana Stewart swap lives with Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola ('Mob Wives') on 'Celebrity Wife Swap,' WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5 (10:00- 11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Giovanni Rufino/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13: Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola attends OK! Magazine's So Sexy NYC event at HAUS Nightclub on May 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 31: (L-R) Reality TV Star Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola attends AOL's CONNECTED Celebrates The Death Of FAKE Reality TV at Times Square on March 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for AOL)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: 'Mob Wives' star Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola attends the 'Italiano Diet' launch event at Times Square on March 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola attends The 'Mob Wives' Visit Barnes & Noble Tribeca at Barnes & Noble Tribeca on March 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: TV personality Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola (C) attends the New York premiere of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents 'CIRCUS XTREME'' at Barclays Center on February 20, 2014 in Brooklyn, NY. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Feld Enteratinment)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 06: Mob Wives star Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola attends MDA's 18th Annual Muscle Team Gala at Pier 60 on January 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola of 'Mob Wives' visits at SiriusXM Studios on December 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola of 'Mob Wives' attends 'Mob Wives' Season Five Viewing Party at Drunken Monkey on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 19: Jenni 'JWoww' Farley and Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola attend the 'Jersey Shore Massacre' New York Premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on August 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/FilmMagic)
Angela "Big Ang" Raiola attends Caesars Entertainment "Escape to Total Rewards" kick-off at Gotham Hall on Thursday, March 1, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
STATEN ISLAND, NY - JANUARY 13: Big Ang attends Mob Wives 'The Last Stand' season 6 viewing party at Funky Monkey Lounge on January 13, 2016 in Staten Island, New York. (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 01: Reality star Big Ang seen filming her show in Tribeca on September 01, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP - 'George Hamilton & Alana Stewart/Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola' - Actor George Hamilton ('The Godfather Part III') and his ex-wife, actress and former model Alana Stewart swap lives with Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola ('Mob Wives') on 'Celebrity Wife Swap,' WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5 (10:00- 11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Giovanni Rufino/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: TV personality Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola (R) attends the New York premiere of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents 'CIRCUS XTREME'' at Barclays Center on February 20, 2014 in Brooklyn, NY. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Feld Enteratinment)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 06: Retired NBA player Cal Ramsey (L) and 'Mob Wives' TV star Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola attend the 18th Annual MDA Muscle Team Gala at Pier 60 on January 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: TV personality Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola attends OK! Magazine's 'So Sexy' NY party at Marquee on May 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola attends the Brooklyn Monkey opening at Brooklyn Monkey on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - FEBRUARY 07: TV personality Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola hosts The Pool After Dark at Harrah's Resort on Friday February 7, 2014 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Tom Briglia/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Ron Jeremy and Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola attend the 'Mob Wives' Season 4 Premiere Party at Greenhouse on December 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola attends the OK! TV Launch Celebration at Lavo on September 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola attends the MIAMI MONKEY Premiere Party Presented By JustJenn Productions And The Weinstein Company at 49 Grove on September 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: TV personality Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola attends dinner and a movie at KTCHN Restaurant on July 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola attends OK! Magazine's So Sexy Party on May 1, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for OK! Magazine)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Big Ang VH1's 'Big Ang' Portrait Session on October 20, 2012 in the borough of Staten Island New York City. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Big Ang VH1's 'Big Ang' Portrait Session on October 20, 2012 in the borough of Staten Island New York City. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Angela ' Big Ang' Raiola attends Big Ang's 'Bigger Is Better' Book Release Party at The Cutting Room on September 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 12: TV personality Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola visits the 'Steve Sturniolo Show' on Raw Dog Comedy in the SiriusXM studio on July 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: TV personality Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola attends the 2012 Point Honors New York Gala at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on April 16, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight, (12:00 - 1:06 a.m., ET), following 'Nightline,' featuring a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10 included actress Michelle Williams ('My Week with Marilyn'), Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola ('Mob Wives') and musical guest 50 Cent from the Bud Light Hotel in Indianapolis. (Photo by Karen Neal/ABC via Getty Images) ANGELA 'BIG ANG' RAIOLA
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 20: Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola of reality TV series 'Mob Wives' visits 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on January 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
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