Dr. Socorro Abela Palmon, 50, an assistant professor of anesthesiology at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, died of cancer Tuesday at her home in Washington.

Dr. Abela Palmon was born in Tarlac, the Philippines, and earned her medical degree at the University of Manila. She came to the United States in 1955 and did her internship at St. Bernard's Hospital in Chicago. She was a resident in anesthesiology at St. Vincent's Hospital in Worcester, Mass., and then joined the staff of the Presbyterian-university of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia.

She moved to the Washington area in 1964 and joined the staff of Georgetown University Hospital at that time. She also joined the faculty of the Georgetown medical school and continued this work until her death.

Dr. Abela Palmon was certified by the Board of Anesthesiology in 1970.

She was a fellow of the American College of Anesthesiology and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Medical Association, the American Medical Women's Association, the D.C. Medical Society and the Philippine Medical Association of Metropolitan Washington, of which she was a past-secretary.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. Florentino P. Palmon Jr. of Washington; four daughters, Norma Palmon Dones of Philadelphia, and Linda, Evelyn and Sally Palmon, all of Washington; two brothers, Benjamin Abela of Manila, and Dr. Augusto Abela of Woodbridge, Va., and one sister, Teresita Abela of Manila.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Dr. Socorro Abela Palmon Memorial Fund, Financial Aid Office, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington.