Topic: mets to the omentum

My husband, Anthony, has been suffering from a lot of pain in the last few weeks - in his stomach and down his right leg. A ct scan has revealed mets to the omentum. We just got this news today and were too upset and shocked to ask questions but he is in hospital at the moment (King's College, London) so we can ask tomorrow. Does any one have any experience of these mets? They said it's part of the abdominal wall. We have never heard of the omentum before and are not sure if it's the same as the peritoneum. They did explain but we didn't take it in.
                      Any response/ advice would be appreciated,

Re: mets to the omentum

Pauline,
So sorry to hear the news.  I, personally, have never heard of the cancer spreading to the omentum which, I believe is the organ connected to the stomach (catching the fat) therefore,  it differs from the peritoneum (a thin membrane that lines the abdominal and pelvic areas) but, someone else just might have experienced this, also and will post on this board.
For right now I wish for Anthony to be reliefed of his pain and I am sending many hopeful thoughts and best wishes to your family.
Marions

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Re: mets to the omentum

Hi Pauline,

I've had mets to the omentum, the surgeon felt is was spread there by the liver biopsy.  He removed a slab of the omentum as part of my liver resection surgery.  Now I have mets to the peritoneum, along with some other places as well.  The omentum doesn't have any vital functions in the body, as far as I know.

I hope this helps,

G

Re: mets to the omentum

Thank you for your replies Marions and G. We found out today that Anthony's mets are on the peritoneum as well as the omentum. I wonder, G, how long ago your metastases were found and what treatments you have had for them? Have they remained stable or reduced or grown at all? Did they cause you pain or were they linked to a loss of appetite in your case? I do apologise for" giving you the third degree" but we are completely in the dark at the moment and would be very grateful to get some feed back from some one who has experience of these same mets.
    I feel that at each stage in this awful disease we are devastated by things worsening but then want to try to pick our selves up and make the best of the situation and get the best treatments, don't we?
    Thank you again
                Pauline

Re: mets to the omentum

Pauline,

My brother Mark had mets both on the Omentum and the Peritoneum.  Marion's explanation was good.  I don't want to give Mark's full history here, but send me an email and I'll try to answer any of your questions.

stacie@cholangiocarcinoma.org

Re: mets to the omentum

Hi Pauline,

After my surgery on 12/2005, I had a recurrence of the cancer in the summer of 2006 in the liver.  We saw some mets to the peritoneum late 2006.  I've had chemo - Gemcitbine and Carboplatin since the summer of 2006, with a few chemo vacations.  This treatment has kept the tumors fairly stable though I've had more mets to my lungs.

Pain-wise,  they've only cause me intermittent sharp pain until the last few weeks.  Lately,  I've had pain constantly and loss of appetite.  I'm puzzled by Anthony's pain down his leg.  Have you had a scan for that area?

I hope that you'll find some answers and relief for Anthony.

G

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Hi G,
      Thank you for your reply. I'm really sorry to hear abou the pain you are experiencing. Does medication help? They think Anthony's leg pain is bone degeneration and is another unfortunate thing that has caused him pain at the same time as the pain in his abdomen. He now has been given medication but it seems to make him very sleepy. I am hoping that we can work out a regime of pain relief that won't have too many side effects but know that this is very difficult as he can't take any of the opiate family due to hallucinations, confusion etc.
      Take care
           Pauline