Originally Posted by pschmidt2008
Hi - I am a lucky prostate cancer survivor and am looking for a cancer treatment center in my area who offers Color-flow Doppler Ultrasound exam.
I have had my yearly exam and radiation treatments at Dattoli Cancer Institute in Sarasota Florida up till now, but due to the increasing expense to travel, I would like to continue follow-up exams/treatments in the Atlanta area. I live in Belton, SC which is about 2-1/2 hrs from Atlanta.
A hearty welcome to the board!
I dearly hope you will keep posting and will help others. I have heard Dr. Dattoli talk a number of times and have read the recent book he co-authored, but my knowledge is second hand. Your first hand knowledge of this leading doctor's approach would be invaluable on this board, and would complement comments by other participants who have had seed and/or radiation therapy. I already learned from your post that Dr. Dattoli does CDU follow-up exams after his seeds/IMRT combo. I had no idea that that kind of follow-up was done. (My sole therapy for a challenging case has been hormonal blockade, which evolved into intermittent triple blockade. I haven't ruled out going to Dr. Dattoli myself some day as he has reported remarkable success with fairly high risk cases.)
Regarding your question, the short answer is that I think you have been going to the closest site. I've never had a CDU exam, but I've been interested in the technique and have kept track of developments, so I think I'm up to date on the practitioners. Jan Manarite, a leading activist from Florida and wife of a survivor, compiled a list in 2004 as part of her work with the Prostate Cancer Research Institute. Her list, perhaps with a later update contributed by Dr. Scholz, included Doctors Duke Bahn (Ventura), Mark Scholz (Marina del Rey ?), Doug Chin (Arcadia) in the LA area of California and Katsuto Shinohara in the San Francisco area; Fred Lee in Michigan (but now back in Minnesota I believe); Michael Dattoli in Sarasota; Gary Onik in Celebration, Florida; and a new operation at Jerrerson University in Philadelphia. Jan, PCRI, or the staffs of some of these doctors might be able to give you better leads. Have you tried asking Dr. Dattoli's staff?
I don't know where Celebration, Florida is located; perhaps it is more convenient than Sarasota. (I do know that Drs. Dattoli and Onik, both leading experts in radiation and cryo therapy respectively, are rivals. Both gave talks at the International Conference on Prostate Cancer 2006 in Reston, Virginia, and in Meet the Speaker comments after their talks both clearly left us with the impression that their own approach was superior to the other's approach. Thinking about that reminds me of Barak and Hillary.
Perhaps someone else knows of another and closer CDU expert.