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Unread 01-09-2004, 06:44 AM

Would like to hear from someone who has had cancer of the omentum. Have read the info on the surgery, but need to hear about personal experiences.

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Unread 01-09-2004, 08:35 AM

During my hysterectomy for endometrial cancer, endo cancer was also found in endometrial deposits on my omentum and my omentum was removed as well. I understand it is common practice to examine the omentum when looking for cancer. I'm not sure what it is you have questions about. For me, practically speaking, it changed nothing about my hysterectomy procedure or recovery.
Unread 01-09-2004, 09:57 AM

Some gyn cancers, especially ovarian, spread to the omentum. There is also a cancer called "primary peritoneal cancer" which is like ovarian cancer, but is found in women who have had their ovaries removed.

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Unread 01-09-2004, 04:55 PM

Thanks for your quick responses, ladies. Actually it is my son who has been diagnosed with adenocarcinoma so it is not gyn related! After a CT scan, MRI, ultrasounds, colonoscopy, bloodwork - the doctors are still baffled by the "undetectable" location . Now they want to biopsy the omentum - a body part we had never heard of before! Just don't know where to turn anymore, and remembered a thread from a Hystersister who had her omentum removed. Since we know nothing about the omentum, any info is appreciated. Are there any symptoms?

Thank you!
Unread 01-09-2004, 05:35 PM

I'm sorry to hear your son is having difficulties! I searched around a little and really found nothing as it relates to cancer of the omentum. Typically (the way I understand it from my reading today), cancer spreads to the omentum from other abdominal organs such as the ovaries, colon, stomach, appendix, intestines. However, I did find a very small reference in an article about the rise in "mesenteric and omentum cancers". So, I changed my search a little, and found another article that talks about cancer of the omentum being essentially a subgroup of mesenteric cancer. So, here's a link that might start you on your road to additional information:

I hope it helps!

Good luck to you and your family (particularly your son) during this difficult time.


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