S'pore chef Leong on nose cancer: I can't 'chiong' like before
SINGAPORE celebrity chef Sam Leong of the one-Michelin-starred Forest restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa has opened up for the first time to say that he was diagnosed with stage four nose cancer in February.
In an interview with The Straits Times, the chef-consultant, 50, said he completed chemotherapy treatment last month and is on the road to recovery.
The "lemon-sized lump" behind his nose, as Leong describes it, has drastically reduced in size.
He will have another review in October and hopes to be back at work by then.
"But I won't be able to 'chiong' like last time. My body is weak and I'm always tired," he noted, using the Hokkien word for "rush" and to work hard.
Leong said he had no clue or symptoms of his condition. His only concerns were a persistent cough and fever, and a blocked ear.
It was an anxious week-long wait for the doctor to confirm the diagnosis, he said, and plans were made swiftly for him to start chemotherapy after the diagnosis.
He said: "I've met people who have gone through cancer and hope to encourage others to be positive and strong.
"Cancer is not the end."