Gregory Carroll, PhD

As a psychologist specializing in clinician-patient communication, Greg has worn a few hats: university professor, associate dean, foundation executive and independent consultant. Diagnosed in January 2014 with high-grade carcinoma of the head and neck, he underwent extensive surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment over the next five months. He and his wife Suzanne reside in Connecticut and are profoundly grateful to all the oncology professionals, staff and survivors who treat and support them.

Life Is Too Short for That

September 01, 2017

Coping with losses, one lesson at a time

The Firepower of Radiation Therapy

July 20, 2016

For many head and neck cancers, radiation treatment can be brutal but beneficial.

False Cancer Reassurance Hurts

June 27, 2016

Dismissing or minimizing patients' doubts and worries can make them feel worse.

High-Risk Disease: Neither Here Nor There

May 26, 2016

A poem about anxiety when facing high-risk cancer.

Writing About Cancer Seems to Help: An Essay

May 06, 2016

Writing about this disease helps me heal.

Cancer on My Mind: A Garden Story

April 22, 2016

Signs of worry and hope as seasons slowly change

Treatment Decisions: A One-Way Street?

March 28, 2016

Before cancer surgery, my wife and I get a second opinion and then a third. Here's why.

Cancer: The Experience of Voice

March 08, 2016

On feeling low and flying high after cancer surgery

The News Is Bleak and Then It Gets Worse

February 24, 2016

For more than a year, the pain and restricted movement in my jaw are diagnosed as a common joint disorder, but a loss of hearing changes everything.

The PET Scan Tick-Tock: Waiting for the News

February 12, 2016

A slow-motion ride with high-tech images.

The Short Jacket: Navigating the ICU With Head and Neck Cancer

January 29, 2016

Reflections on the wonders — and the hierarchy — of modern hospital care.

How Fire Flies: An Encounter With Head and Neck Cancer

January 18, 2016

A poem about a two-year encounter with advanced cancer of the head and neck.