Hi, I was hoping that someone could help me. My mom was just diagnosed with ovarian cancer and she had to have her omentum removed. I am unable to find any information on what the side effects are of not having an omentum or any other information that might be helpful. Thanks in advance for any help that you might have.
Omentum: A sheet of fat that is covered by peritoneum. The greater omentum is attached to the bottom edge of the stomach, and hangs down in front of the intestines. Its other edge is attached to the transverse colon. The lesser omentum is attached to the top edge of the stomach, and extends to the undersurface of the liver
When we have ovarian cancer besides removal of your ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, uterus usually your appendix they remove the omentum apron which covers all of this..It in stage 3 or 4 usually has cancer cells microscopic clinging to it.. no problem. I was diagnosed with stage IV 17 months ago and am doing just fine without it...
I was just talking to my naturopthic doctor a out this. She said it does have immune system properties in it but I am her first patient with it removed. So far the only change I have noticed in that area is more fat. Her first theory is that perhaps my compensate for its absence and regrow a new system in that fatty area. I'm not sure but I've never had such a pouch. It's only been about a year since surgery and there will probably be more changes to come.
Congratulations! That is fantastic and an inspiration.
My mother just had surgery for stage III C peritoneal cancer/ovarian cancer. She is doing great.
She unfortunately was only suboptimally debulked and will be starting chemo, perhaps in the hospital. So there is cancer remaining. Since you were stage IV there must have been cancer left and it metasized to liver and lungs. What have you done to maximize your life and time with your family.
Also, when I talked to the doctor if he staged after surgery he said he new it was stage IIIC (which he told us before surgery) and then said he couldn't tell by surgery if went to liver or lungs. What I have read is they should take a tissue sample.
Thoughts on all this.
Any input you can/will share is greatly appreciated. My mother is 74, strong, active, athletic and vibrant. She is disappointed they didn't get it all, however, she thought they were going to have to do a bowel resection, which they did not have to do.
Thank you and good luck to you. I send good thoughts to you.
My spread was to my liver and had radioablation and it seems to have been successful. I am 59 and celebrate everyday. I appear to be in what they call dormancy.. cancer cells still there but not multiplying right now... I had a bowel resection. I feel great right now..
I live in Costa Rica..if you want read my profile.. I made a bucket list and do things I want. I see my kids in the states every 3 months with my grandkids.. got a tattoo LOL...see photos and went to Spain and Italy this year...
Being a type 1 diabetic for over 44 years I watch what I eat.. take NO vitamins but do drink green tea... I try to walk everyday.. and most important is I wake up everyday and am grateful for that...
Best wishes to you and your Mom and I will keep your both in my thoughts and prayers... Ronni
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