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The Omentum Project Mission:

To Improve the Quality of Life for Cancer Survivors

Living Without an Omentum through:

  • Awareness

  • Education

  • Informal Research

About The Omentum Project Blog

Why the omentum?

I am living without an omentum. I am an ovarian cancer survivor who experienced digestive issues post my cancer staging surgery.  After many months, an observant physical therapist, and a wonderful GI doctor figured out the issues can at least partially be attributed to the removal of my omentum (standard procedure with ovarian cancer since cancer cells have a propensity to "hide" there).

This has made me think that perhaps there are other cancer survivors also experiencing digestive issues stemming from the removal of their omentum. I have learned that there is very little known about the omentum, in general; the omentum is an under-studied organ.

The human body is amazing; redundancy is present to help ensure survival.  People live without an appendix, and without a spleen... and without an omentum.  The omentum is known to be part of the immune system and the lymphatic system, and may play a role in thermoregulation.  Perhaps the omentum is under-appreciated.



  • What percentage of cancer survivors living without an omentum experience digestive issues?

  • What role does the omentum play in digestion?

  • Do omentum-less cancer survivors experience deposition of excess solids in their abdominal cavity?

  • Is scar tissue a contributing factor? No doubt removing the omentum creates significant scar tissue; do manual therapy modalities alleviate symptoms?

    • Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy​

    • Lymphedema Techniques

    • Myofascial Release Physical Therapy

    • Visceral Manipulation Physical Therapy

  • Evaluation of potential strategies to relieve symptoms experienced by some omentum-less cancer survivors:

    • Yoga/Pilates

    • Aqua Therapy

    • Kinesio Tape

    • Mini-trampoline

    • Vigorous cardio (aka "intensity minutes")

BIOLOGY Questions - rat/mouse studies:

Two cohorts: one group with an omentum; a second group without an omentum

  • Do the two groups have the same ability to digest/process: fat? fiber? salt?

  • Document fluid retention differences between the two cohorts

  • Are there differences in respiration/metabolism between the two cohorts?

  • Does the omentum-less cohort:

    • develop abdominal lymphedema?

    • experience edema in the peritoneal cavity (ascites)

    • experience fat deposits in the abdominal cavity


... to the many individuals contributing their time and expertise to The Omentum Project!

Katie Amo, Videographer

Nancy Amo, Uterine Cancer Survivor & Advocate

Sarah Avery, DPT, MTY

Nancy B. Clemente, OTR/L, Founder Nancy B. Clemente Cancer Fund

Shea Foley, Ovarian Cancer Advocate

Carole Heaney, RN, MS NBC-HWC

Cassie Lembo-Sheridan, Ovarian Cancer Survivor & Advocate

Jillian Mertzloff, Certified Personal Trainer

Dr. Nick Montalto, Gynecological Surgeon

Sandra Sanderson, Certified Lymphedema Specialist

Dr. Anita Burock Stotts, Functional Medicine Practitioner

Meg Wilkinson, Ovarian Cancer Survivor & Advocate

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We have a Go-Fund-Me page set-up:

"Together We Can Learn About Living Without an Omentum"



The twisted ribbon oval has many symbolism aspects:

  • the oval is an "O", for "Omentum";

  • twisted ribbons, are often used for cancer awareness;

  • the black and white and silver-gray: the status of information known about the omentum  

       (e.g. some information clear, "black and white"; much still to be learned... "silver-gray";

  • the "silver-gray", a reminder of the saying "every cloud has a silver lining"

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