Firstly, congrats on the clean scope, no doubt it’s a huge relief, although annoying that you still have the ache.
Having been diagnosed with rectal cancer by colonoscopy, I can tell you can rest easy. Not only is the rectum the first place they look at, it’s also the last place.
The business part of a colonoscopy is on the way out, and that’s where the specialist spends their time. Because of that, the rectum is the last part of the exam. The other benefit is that I’m pretty sure the rectum is not like the rest of the colon in terms of structure, so while the colon has lots of folds etc, the rectum is relatively smooth, but I could be wrong in that regard - no doubt someone else here is better at anatomy
Congrats again and good luck finding the cause of the phantom pain
Dx Oct '15 w/ Stage 3c RC/ CEA 8
Nov '15 - Jan '16: 3x FOLFOX and 5wks Chemoradiation w/ Xeloda
March '16: ULAR w/ temp ileostomy
Complete pathological response incl 0/12 nodes
May - Aug '16: 9x FOLFOX (dropped Oxaliplatin for final Rd due to neuropathy)
Clear CT scans in April ‘16 (NED), Dec ‘16, Aug ‘17, Feb ‘18, March ‘19, Feb ‘20
Feb '17: Ileostomy reversed
CEA Post Surgery: ALWAYS 2