Fox 5 News reporter Aungelique Proctor returns on air after battle with stomach cancer
After being off the air for over a year, Fox 5 reporter Aungelique Proctor is back following her battle with stage 2 stomach cancer. The veteran newswoman has worked at the station since 1994. In the fall of 2021, Proctor was suffering from fatigue and stomach pain.
Dealing with several bleeding ulcers, Doctors performed scans and found a rare, and rather large, gastrointestinal stromal tumor, or GIST, which was five inches across. Proctor was treated at Emory Winship Cancer Institute for her rare tumor. Instead of chemotherapy, she used a pill Gleevec that shrank the tumor in half. Winer successfully removed the remaining tumor in August 2022 and Proctor is now cancer free.
Proctor’s surgeon, Emory St. Joseph’s Dr. Josh Winer, told her station, “If she hadn’t responded and hadn’t stopped bleeding, we would have had to take out her whole stomach as well as her spleen, part of her pancreas, part of the diaphragm. So, it was extremely important to have that shrink the way it did.”
In a recent text, Proctor said, “I am feeling great and am thanking God for my healing. My first three-month scan showed no signs of cancer.”
Proctor has relied on her faith to get her through this difficult health crisis. She told colleagues that her illness refined her faith, saying, “It’s made me understand what’s really important. It’s been a wake-up call. I think I’m more grateful. I understand God’s grace and His mercy more now than ever, and I take nothing for granted. I take nothing for granted.”