Sarah S. Lee, MD

Physician
Fred Hutch
Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Assistant Member, Clinical Research Division
Fred Hutch
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

Area of clinical practice

Hematologic malignancies

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. 

Bone marrow The soft, spongy material in the center of your bones that produces all your blood cells, such as white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Hematologist A physician who specializes in diseases of the blood and blood-forming tissues. White blood cell A type of blood cell that is made in the bone marrow and found in the blood and lymph tissue. White blood cells are part of the body’s immune system and help the body fight infection and other diseases. A type of blood cell that is made in the bone marrow and found in the blood and lymph tissue. White blood cells are part of the body’s immune system. They help the body fight infection and other diseases. Types of white blood cells include granulocytes (neutrophils, eosinophils and basophils), monocytes and lymphocytes (T cells and B cells). Checking the number of white blood cells in the blood is usually part of a complete blood cell (CBC) test. It may be used to look for conditions such as infection, inflammation, allergies and leukemia. Also called leukocyte and WBC.

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 Fred Hutch doctors. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch 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.

Study ID:
NCT05083169
A Study of Teclistamab in Combination With Daratumumab Subcutaneously (SC) (Tec-Dara) Versus Daratumumab SC, Pomalidomide, and Dexamethasone (DPd) or Daratumumab SC, Bortezomib, and Dexamethasone (DVd) in Participants With Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma (MajesTEC-3)
Complete title
A Phase 3 Randomized Study Comparing Teclistamab in Combination with Daratumumab SC (Tec-Dara) versus Daratumumab SC, Pomalidomide, and Dexamethasone (DPd) or Daratumumab SC, Bortezomib, and Dexamethasone (DVd) in Participants with Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma (MajesTEC-3)

Publications

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Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurse (RN)
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Patient care coordinator
Patient care coordinator
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Insurance

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