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    Omentectomy and consequences ?

    It has been suggested that it might be necessary ... unsure as of yet.

    But it requires taking away a lot of tissue. Nerves, lympyh nodes etc. Not just fat. Has anyone here suffered adverse consequences by this procedure ? The literature doesn´t mention that at all.

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    Hi Lize,

    I have moved your thread to the worried section as you do not mention if it has been confirmed you or if you are posting about someone, has a confirmed cancer diagnosis .

    This site is for patients with cancer and their caregivers. If you could maybe provide more information on your situation, we may be able to comment further.

    All the best,

    Jodie
    Wife to husband with squamous lung cancer stage 3 b
    dx - April 20/14
    tx started May 20/14 - radiation and chemo
    June 23 - chemo finished
    July 4 - radiation finished
    July 8 - PET scan shows tumor almost gone, lymph nodes back to normal
    Married July 19/14
    Sept 9/14 - repeat can shows tumor continues to shrink more, no new spots. New coughing and pain due to chest infection or side effect of radiation.
    Sept 19/14 - not infection but pneumonitis, place on dex for 4 weeks
    Oct 22/14 - now off of dex and facing even more symptoms of withdrawal
    Dec 16/14 - pretty much nothing left but a scar
    April 7/15 - ditto scan and screw you stats
    Oct 6/15 - more scarring but still cancer still gone
    Feb 2016 -scan the same
    Aug 2016 - more of the same
    Aug 2017 - and ditto
    Aug 2018 - 4 yrs NED - no evidence of disease
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    @jorola,

    I´m sorry, I should have been more clear. This is about me, and I have índeed been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
    Most unfortunately. In a way, an omentectomy would be safer/prevention. But the consequences ? It´s a whole organ.

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    Hi

    The Omentum is not an organ and the surgery is of a minor nature

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_omentum
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    Thank you for answering.

    Several sources, https://www.britannica.com/science/omentum , specifically https://www.britannica.com/science/a...vity#ref167179 , 'The omenta are folds of peritoneum enclosing nerves, blood vessels, lymph channels, and fatty and connective tissue.'

    The wiki source above mentions 'Immune contribution, having milky spots of macrophage collections[6]'

    I know that wiki says 'Omentectomy refers to the surgical removal of the omentum, a relatively simple procedure with no major side effects'. I've read other sources that are not so dismissive of omentectomy.

    Obviously, the omentum has a function. Removing it ? Has anyone suffered adverse consequences, in the short term or long run ?

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    Hi

    I suppose the question should be "What are the consequences of not doing this?" Something you can ask the doctor perhaps.
    Age 62
    Diffuse Large B cell Lymphoma
    Stage 2a Bulky presentation
    Finished six cycles of R chop 21 26th May 2008
    Officially in remission 9th July 2008
    Remission reconfirmed 1st October 2008
    Remission reconfirmed 17th June 2009
    Remission reconfirmed 7th June 2010
    Remission reconfirmed 6th July 2011

    NED AND DECLARED CURED on the 2/01/2013

    No more scheduled visits to the Prof
    http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.php?t=9620

    Still alive in 2019 !

    RULE NUMBER 1.....Don't Panic
    RULE NUMBER 2..... Don't forget rule Number 1

    Great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

    I may not have gone where I intended to go,
    but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.

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    Hi Lize,

    I have moved your thread back the the ovarian forum.

    This forum is usually pretty quiet and I do not know if any active members have had this situation so I am not sure how many responses you may get. And as we are not drs we are not equipped to assist you with this. I would strongly recommend you speak to your dr about the pros and cons and any questions you have about this. They are no substitution for googling.

    All the best,
    Jodie
    Wife to husband with squamous lung cancer stage 3 b
    dx - April 20/14
    tx started May 20/14 - radiation and chemo
    June 23 - chemo finished
    July 4 - radiation finished
    July 8 - PET scan shows tumor almost gone, lymph nodes back to normal
    Married July 19/14
    Sept 9/14 - repeat can shows tumor continues to shrink more, no new spots. New coughing and pain due to chest infection or side effect of radiation.
    Sept 19/14 - not infection but pneumonitis, place on dex for 4 weeks
    Oct 22/14 - now off of dex and facing even more symptoms of withdrawal
    Dec 16/14 - pretty much nothing left but a scar
    April 7/15 - ditto scan and screw you stats
    Oct 6/15 - more scarring but still cancer still gone
    Feb 2016 -scan the same
    Aug 2016 - more of the same
    Aug 2017 - and ditto
    Aug 2018 - 4 yrs NED - no evidence of disease
    Aug 2019 - 5 yrs NED and discharged from cancer clinic!!!!!

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    Hello I have been recently diagnosed with Stage 1 mucinous ovarian cancer based on the surgery on had on April 26, 2017 where they removed my right ovary and omentum. For the most part my recovery has gone very well where I am almost back to normal. Even able to workout again.

    To answer your question about the removal of the omentum, it does not appear to have had any adverse effects. I should note that there was no cancer found on the omentum and based on the literature I received (Canada), it has no specific function and is typically removed if you have a pelvic mass (I did) or ovarian cancer is suspected.

    Hope this helps to alleviate your concern.

 

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