Abraham Chachoua, MD

  • Specialty: Medical Oncology
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-731-5662
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About Me

When I was a medical student in Melbourne, Australia, my father was diagnosed with multiple myeloma—a cancer that starts in bone marrow. During his treatment, I learned the tremendous value of communication between doctor and patient. I wanted to get the chance to deliver the best care possible to people like my father, which is what drew me to oncology. 

There were limited opportunities in the 1980s for oncologists in Australia—chemotherapy was not yet available there. So I came to NYU Langone, where chemotherapy and other modern advances in cancer treatment were available, for a research fellowship in medical oncology in 1985. When I landed in New York City, there was a tremendous sense of freedom that I’d never experienced anywhere else, and it’s still with me now. 

I specialize in the treatment of cancers of the lung and chest. I’m also conducting exciting research in immunotherapy, which helps us to enhance and harness the power of the immune system to eradicate cancer. This treatment causes fewer side effects and results in higher rates of remission.

But good patient care is just as much about art as it is science. If you color by numbers, you’ll create a nice painting, but if you instead pour your heart into it, you'll occasionally produce a masterpiece.

I embark on a journey with each patient, trying to make the road better and smoother. I spend time with patients—joking around, talking about family, and easing their pain.


Conditions and Treatments

lung cancer, mesothelioma, thymus cancer, mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the lung, adenoid cystic carcinoma of the lung, small cell lung cancer, solitary fibrous tumor, malignant mesothelioma, non-small cell lung cancer, neuroendocrine tumor of the lung, mediastinal tumor, neuroendocrine tumor of the lung, thoracic cancer, lung carcinoma
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Credentials

Positions
  • Jay and Isabel Fine Professor of Oncology, Department of Medicine
  • Professor, Department of Urology
  • Section Chief, Medical Oncology, Perlmutter Cancer Center
  • Associate Director, Cancer Services, Perlmutter Cancer Center
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, Alfred Hospital, Hematology/Oncology, 1984
  • Residency, Alfred Hospital, Rotating, 1982
  • MD from Monash University, 1978
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NYU Medical Oncology Associates

160 East 34th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10016

“With our research, we aim to develop cancer treatments that cause fewer side effects.”

Abraham Chachoua, MD Medical Oncologist

Research My Research

Interests

monocyte function and activation

Research Summary

Dr. Abraham Chachoua specializes in the treatment of thoracic malignancies. Originally trained in Melbourne, Australia, he came to NYU to complete a research fellowship in medical oncology and was the recipient of an American Cancer Society career development award to evaluate the role of immune modulation in the treatment of solid tumors.

He has been involved in a number of clinical trials for the treatment of non small cell lung cancer.

Dr. Chachoua has a particular interest in the study of novel targeted therapies, how to use them earlier in the course of the illness and how to combine them with conventional chemotherapy for the treatment of advanced thoracic cancers. Among other interests he also attempts to use unique approaches for the integration of multimodality approaches for the treatment of locally advanced lung cancer.

Research Interests Timeline

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Clinical Trials and Research Studies

  • A Phase 1 First-in-Human Open-Label Dose Escalation Study of JNJ-61186372 a Human Bispecific EGFR and cMet Antibody in Subjects with Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

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  • Colorectal Cancer Metastatic MSI-High Immuno-Therapy (COMMIT) Study: A Randomized Phase III Study of mFOLFOX6/Bevacizumab Combination Chemotherapy with or without Atezolizumab or Atezolizumab Monotherapy in the First-Line Treatment of Patients with Micros

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  • PRECISION (Profiling Early Breast Cancer for Radiotherapy Omission): A Phase II Study of Breast-Conserving Surgery without Adjuvant Radiotherapy for Favorable-Risk Breast Cancer.

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