I am a surgical oncologist with a practice dedicated to the treatment of breast cancer. My research interests include exploring diagnostic and treatment options for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), in which cancer cells are confined within the ducts of the breast and not in the surrounding fatty breast tissue. In women with DCIS, I have recently studied the relationship between age and cancer recurrence rates, and the incidence and clinical significance of positive sentinel lymph nodes (see my publications). We are also investigating the utility of breast MRI in patients with occult breast cancer and with DCIS. My colleagues and I are evaluating patients' quality of life after breast surgery. In a prospective study over several years, we are comparing sensory changes that occur after sentinel-node biopsy to those that occur after conventional surgery to remove underarm lymph nodes. A study of lymphedema (arm swelling) after axillary surgery is also ongoing. I have developed a nomogram (model) to predict the likelihood of additional lymph node metastases in breast-cancer patients with metastasis in a sentinel node. This helps patients and clinicians in decision making regarding axillary dissection.
Dr. Kimberly Van Zee, MD is a general surgery doctor who practices in New York, NY. She is 60 years old and has been practicing for 30 years. Dr. Van Zee is affiliated with Memorial Sloan - Kettering Cancer Center.