Chef German Lam

Association: Survivor
Region: Massachusetts
Cancer: Nasopharyngeal Cancer

"I want to create a movement of knowledge and prevention. I want to create awareness about cancers that are caused by viruses that are not often screened for."

After getting treated for what I thought was an ear infection, something still felt off. I was then diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer, a cancer that is located in the back of the nose and is caused by a virus. So, even if you do all the right things your whole life — eat right, work out frequently, cultivate good habits — you can still contract it. I want to create a movement of knowledge and prevention. I want to create awareness about cancers that are caused by viruses that are not often screened for. I want to illuminate the challenges and the gaps in the system. I hope that by sharing my experience and philosophy, especially as it relates to food, it can help another cancer patient undergo this painful process.