Sarah S. Lee, MD

Physician
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Assistant Member, Clinical Research Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Specialty:
Medical Oncology
“I’m grateful for the long-term relationships I develop with patients and families; together we work toward common goals, navigate unforeseen setbacks and celebrate milestones.”
— Dr. Lee
Why do you focus on treating patients with multiple myeloma and similar disorders?

Before going to medical school, I got a job in the clinical research department of a cancer center. I worked with an investigator who was testing new drug therapies for multiple myeloma, a type of cancer that affects cells in the immune system. It was the first time I had conducted research in a clinical setting, where I got to interact with patients and witness up close how scientific advances can directly impact people. The experience lit a fire that inspired me to continue working with this population of patients and to keep looking for opportunities to improve treatment options. It’s really exciting to see how quickly this area of medicine continues to evolve and to see patients with multiple myeloma and similar disorders living longer and enjoying a better quality of life.

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What’s it like to work with you?

By the time some patients with plasma cell disorders see me, they have been feeling ill for a long period of time without understanding why or receiving a diagnosis, which can be a frustrating experience. From the moment we first meet, I focus on laying the groundwork for a trusting, positive relationship where you feel comfortable asking questions and talking openly about your concerns. I’m interested in learning about what your medical journey has been like so far and what’s important to you as an individual. I’m grateful for the long-term relationships I develop with patients and families; together we work toward common goals, manage unforeseen setbacks and celebrate milestones.

Provider background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Multiple myeloma, other plasma cell disorders

I am a hematologist-oncologist who specializes in the care of patients with plasma cell disorders. Plasma cells are a type of white blood cell that live in the bone marrow and help the body fight infection. Sometimes these cells don’t work as they should, developing into cancers such as multiple myeloma.

Before joining SCCA, I completed a fellowship in hematology-oncology at the Cleveland Clinic. My background also includes experience in researching novel therapies for multiple myeloma, amyloidosis and other plasma cell disorders. What drew me to SCCA was the opportunity to participate in clinical research  and to embrace a collaborative approach to medicine. It’s not any single physician taking care of you; there’s a whole team of experts working together to help you navigate the ups and downs of your diagnosis. 

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
University of California, Berkeley
Medical Degree
St. George's University School of Medicine
Residency
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Internal Medicine
Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic, Hematology-Oncology
Board Certification
Medical Oncology, 2017, American Board of Internal Medicine
Languages
English

Research

Clinical trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by SCCA doctors. Many of these trials at SCCA have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.

Publications

Many of our SCCA physicians conduct ongoing research to improve standards of patient care. Their work is evaluated by other physicians and selected for publication to the United States National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world. See scientific papers this SCCA provider has written.

Your care team

At SCCA, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a team coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurse (RN)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Team coordinator (TC)
Team coordinator (TC)
Your team coordinator works closely with you and your physician and serves as your scheduler.

Insurance

SCCA accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.