Angela “Big Ang” Raiola, who stars on VH1’s reality TV series Mob Wives, is undergoing treatment for stage 4 lung and brain cancer.

Big Ang Cancer

Big Ang’s sister Janine Detore revealed the diagnosis on Facebook. She further revealed that the chemotherapy treatments that Big Ang has been undergoing since the beginning of this year have not been working.

“As you know my sister was diagnosed with stage 4 brain and lung cancer,” Detore wrote. “Chemotherapy was started January 5th. 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.”

For the second wave of her treatment, Big Ang has been undergoing immunotherapy, which is causing her breathing trouble and extreme pain. One way to treat the pain is cannabis oil, a pain relief option that is not covered under insurance. In order to cover the cost, Detore set up a GoFundMe page.

“Well here we are at the emergency room waiting to see why her breathing is labored and the amount of pain she is having is by far more than she could handle. So I suggested cannabis oil as an alternative,” Detore wrote. “This is why I am putting up this go fund me to try to help my sister to get this oil to help her at least be pain free. Angela cannot function to work anymore. I’m not sure that it will work but I’m praying.

The GoFundMe page, which was launched Feb. 2, has already received more than $35,000 in donations – $10,000 more than the goal.

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