Reality TV star Angela "Big Ang" Raiola says she veers between hope and depression as she fights stage 4 brain and lung cancer.
Raiola, part of the VH1 series "Mob Wives" and its spinoffs, said in a tearful interview airing Tuesday on "The Dr. Oz Show" that her family is her support and her reason to keep going. "I look at my kids and my grandchildren and I know how much they need me," Raiola told Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of the TV series.
The mother of two and grandmother of six has undergone several surgeries since she was diagnosed last year with throat and lung cancer. She said she was twice declared cancer-free, only to see it return and spread. Radiation and chemotherapy have failed, and her doctors are switching to what Oz called an advanced approach aimed at boosting her body's immune system.
Raiola is the niece of the late Salvatore "Sally Dogs" Lombardi, who was a reputed captain of the Genovese crime family. After gaining celebrity on "Mob Wives," Raiola got her own spinoff series, "Big Ang" and "Miami Monkey."
Tracy Morgan is coming to Mystic Lake
Comedian Tracy Morgan, who nearly died in 2014 in a traffic collision, has a show scheduled for May at Mystic Lake Casino. "Tracy Morgan: Picking Up the Pieces" will take the stage May 27, the casino announced Monday. Morgan and others were in a limo van in June 2014 when it was hit by a Wal-Mart truck. The crash killed comedian James McNair and seriously injured Morgan and others. Truck driver Kevin Roper faces charges of aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide and aggravated assault. Morgan, 47, starred on seven seasons of television's "30 Rock" starting in 2006. He joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in 1996, appearing for seven seasons. He returned to "SNL" as a host in October, his first appearance on the show since the crash left him in a coma for two weeks.
Cancer diagnosis: Author Pat Conroy says he has pancreatic cancer, but promises he will fight the disease and finish a novel that his fans are expecting. The 70-year-old South Carolina novelist made the announcement Monday on his Facebook page. Conroy didn't give a prognosis, but he promised to "fight it hard" and told his fans "I owe you a novel and I intend to deliver it." Conroy has written a dozen books including "The Prince of Tides" and "The Great Santini."