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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.

QUESTIONS IN NEED OF ANSWERS:

  • 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

THANK YOU ...

... 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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FUNDS:

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

"Together We Can Learn About Living Without an Omentum"

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LOGO:

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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