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Dr Melissa Abel: Clinical Trials for Small Cell Lung Cancer

Melissa Abel, MD

Clinical Research Fellow

National Cancer Institute


SCLC Meeting 07.24.2023





About the Speaker

Melissa Abel, MD, is a Clinical Research Fellow at the National Cancer Institute. She works as a junior investigator in the clinic and lab of Dr. Anish Thomas. She completed her medical training at Duke University where she participated in the Howard Hughes Medical Fellows program, studying CAR-T cell therapies for brain tumors. She attended UCLA for internal medicine residency before coming to the National Institutes of Health for her Oncology Fellowship, where she currently serves as a Chief Fellow. In addition to treating patients on lung and neuroendocrine cancer clinical trials, she researches the tumor microenvironment of SCLC and how it contributes to chemotherapy resistance.


The LiveLung Small Cell Lung Cancer Program is supported in-part by grants from AstraZeneca, Amgen, and Jazz Pharmaceutical.


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