BY Melanie Cavazos, Social Work Counselor

A laryngectomy -- or a procedure to remove the voice box -- can bring up a lot of different emotions and concerns. It can also raise a lot of questions: What will I look like? Will people stare? Will they be afraid to talk to me or touch me? How am I going to communicate without my voice box? Will people understand me? How will this affect my daily life? Will I be able to take care of myself? Will others know how to take care of me?

Cancerwise blog post: Dealing with the emotional side effects of a laryngectomy