Reality star Big Ang (real name Angela Raiola) has reportedly faced a setback in her battle against cancer. Just a few months after undergoing two major surgeries to have a throat tumor removed, the VH1 star was reportedly told that the cancer has returned.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Big Ang was given the devastating news last week during a routine doctor's visit. The "Mob Wives" star has not commented on the latest development, but a source told the outlet Big Ang is "just finding out how bad it is."
Entertainment Tonight also reports that Big Ang's battle with throat cancer could be featured on the show's final Season 6. A press release for the VH1 series revealed that reality star's storyline would include her "struggling to tone down her non-stop lifestyle."
"Not only is she facing a major health crisis, but financial hardships are also taking their toll. On top of all this, the stress is causing major problems in her marriage to husband Neil [Murphy],” the press release continued.
Big Ang, 55, was diagnosed with a lemon-sized cancerous throat tumor in March. One week after her diagnosis she underwent surgery to have the tumor removed along with the lymph nodes on the left side of her throat. In June, Big Ang had the same surgery done on the right side of her throat.
The reality star opened up about her cancer diagnosis in September telling People magazine that she quit smoking the same day she was diagnosed with cancer.
“Things happen for a reason. I’d smoked for 40 years. No one could tell me what to do," she said. "It’s hard to just put down the cigarette and never look back. I enjoyed smoking. I miss it so much. But it’s over.”
She also said the intensive surgery she underwent had taken its toll on her.
"If I had known, I might have picked the [chemo] treatments," she admitted. "It feels like they cut me head off and put it back on. I’m learning how to swallow again. I have a phobia of choking. I’m just doing the best I can, taking it day by day.”
Season 6 of "Mob Wives: The Last Stand" premieres Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. EST on VH1.