Knowledge is Power

DNA strands

Since the discovery of the BRCA mutations that increase the risk of certain cancers, our knowledge of hereditary cancer has grown exponentially. In this informative program, medical and genetics experts discuss how you can understand, determine and reduce hereditary cancer risk for you and your family.


Dr. Deborah L. Toppmeyer is chief medical officer and director of the Stacy Goldstein Breast Cancer Center and medical director of the LIFE Center at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (RCINJ) and chief of medical oncology. She is a professor of medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Sherry Grumet is a licensed, board-certified genetic counselor working as program director of the LIFE Center at The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. She has over 20 years of clinical experience in cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling. She is on the faculty of the Rutgers School of Arts & Sciences.

Abby Grayson is a licensed professional counselor who is BRCA1-positive and a "previvor." Abby discovered her hereditary risk after a friend, Sheryl Lanman Nichols, urged her to get tested. Sheryl, who grew up in East Brunswick, died of breast cancer at 34. This program is dedicated to her memory. 


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