• July 19, 2024

Unveiling a key player in ovarian cancer survival

The initiative seeks to understand the crucial role of the omentum, a lesser-known yet vital organ in cancer treatment and overall health.

From diagnosis to determination

Meg’s journey with ovarian cancer began in 2014, marked by vague symptoms like nausea and abdominal distension. “I looked like I was four months pregnant by night,” she recalls. Despite these signs, the absence of an early detection test for ovarian cancer delayed her diagnosis until her gynecologist identified a suspicious complex cyst. A subsequent CA 125 test confirmed elevated levels, leading to a surgical intervention by a gynecological oncologist, who discovered and removed the cancer.

Meg added: “In 2014, I faced a stage two cancer diagnosis, and for eight years thereafter, I had no evidence of disease. It was a period of cautious optimism and recovery. However, in 2023, I experienced a recurrence, which led to another round of surgeries and chemotherapy. As I approach nearly a year since completing chemotherapy, I’m grateful that all my personal health indicators and statistics are currently positive.

“Ovarian cancer is notoriously under-diagnosed because of its vague symptoms. The acronym B.E.A.T. helps: Bloating, Eating difficulties, Abdominal and back pain, and Toilet issues.”

The omentum and digestive woes

Post-surgery, Meg faced unexpected digestive issues, which she traced back to the removal of her omentum. The omentum, an apron-like fat organ, plays significant roles in the immune and lymphatic systems and fat storage. Its removal often results in severe digestive issues, especially when commercial foods high in salt are consumed.

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