Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Melissa Jakubowski, RD, CSO, LDN

Clinical Oncology Dietitian

Eastern Regional Medical Center

"Proper nutrition is especially important when you have cancer because both the illness and its treatment can affect your appetite. "

- Melissa Jakubowski, RD, CSO, LDN
Melissa Jakubowski, RD, CSO, LDN


  • Bachelor of Science, Nutritional Sciences - Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ


  • Registered & Licensed Dietitian
  • Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition

Practicing Since: 2011

In June 2016, registered and licensed dietitian Melissa Jakubowski joined Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Philadelphia. As a clinical oncology dietitian, Jakubowski provides nutrition consultations and recommendations customized for each patient. She works to help patients maintain strength and manage treatment side effects, such as nausea or decreased appetite. She also collaborates with clinicians and doctors within the multidisciplinary care team.

“My goal in working with patients at CTCA® is to help optimize their bodies’ ability to fight cancer and tolerate treatments,” says Jakubowski. “I actively listen to my patients to customize their nutrition plan and address their personal needs and food preferences.” If needed, Jakubowski can also provide alternative nutrition such as parenteral nutrition.

Jakubowski earned a bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She went on to complete a dietetic internship at Sodexo NY/Philadelphia with a medical nutrition therapy emphasis.

From 2013 to 2016, Jakubowski worked as a clinical dietitian at a health care system. She provided nutrition assessment, care planning, monitoring, education and counseling of hospitalized patients and patients receiving outpatient radiation. Jakubowski is a member of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Outside of CTCA, Jakubowski likes spending time with her husband, hiking, traveling and camping. She also enjoys trying new activities and seeking new experiences.

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