Dietary advice from our specialists.
Keeping a healthy diet is about more than just eating your fruits and vegetables — it’s about making sure you get the right amount of vitamins and nutrients in your body.
And having a proper diet during cancer treatment is even more crucial. That’s why the Capital Health Cancer Center provides you with on-site oncology nutritionists to help guide you through treatment. Our registered dietitians are here to help you find balance between your medications and appetite and to help you manage the side effects of treatment so you can maintain the highest quality of life.
Melissa Phelps, RD, CSO
Melissa Phelps is a registered dietitian and certified specialist in oncology. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences from Rutgers University and completed the Sodexo NY/Philadelphia Dietetic Internship with a medical nutrition therapy emphasis. Melissa started her career with Capital Health in 2013 as a clinical dietitian in acute care specialty. In 2016, she obtained certification as a certified specialist in oncology. As an oncology nutritionist, Melissa provides support for patients by creating a comfortable environment to openly discuss nutrition concerns. Melissa’s passion is to help patients achieve maximum health and quality of life throughout the treatment process and cancer survivorship continuum.
Sarah Crowley, RD
Sarah is a registered dietitian and oncology nutritionist at the Capital Health Cancer Center. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and completed her dietetic internship from Sodexo with a concentration in leadership. She is completing her Masters in Nutrition and Human Performance from Logan University and is in the process of obtaining her certification as an oncology specialist. Sarah has been working as a clinical dietitian since 2018, and recently joined the Cancer Center team in January 2020. As a dietitian, Sarah enjoys helping patients achieve their goals by giving them the tools they need to succeed. As part of the Cancer Center’s multidisciplinary team, Sarah works closely with patients to identify their needs and to develop personalized dietary plans to keep patients healthier and manage possible side effects — before, during, and after their treatment process.