Paul Duffen

Paul Duffen

British businessman, ex-chairman of Hull City Football Club
Date of Birth: 31.07.1958
Country: Great Britain

Content:
  1. Biography of Paul Duffen
  2. The Diagnosis

Biography of Paul Duffen

The Diagnosis

Paul Duffen, a British businessman and former chairman of the football club "Hull City", caught the attention of football fans in October 2014 when he appeared wearing sunglasses on the covered stands. Many wondered if this was a fashionable choice, inspired by U2 frontman Bono. But it was not. The 56-year-old Paul Duffen had to resort to wearing sunglasses due to a rare and life-threatening form of cancer found in his right eye. Living in Surrey with his wife Emma and three young children, Duffen recalls the devastating blow he received when he first noticed flashes of light in his eye during Easter.
The Journey

Paul Duffen

Initially, Duffen's therapist suspected sinus problems and prescribed antibiotics and steroids. However, his visual difficulties persisted. By August 2014, the situation had reached a critical point. One day, while working at his desk, Duffen saw such a strong flash of light that he turned around, thinking someone was taking his picture. The next morning, he had an appointment with ophthalmologist Victoria Cohen, the head of a London-based eye oncology service. The examination revealed a tumor developing on his retina, a condition known as uveal melanoma. While scanning Duffen's body, it was determined that the cancer had not spread. However, he remained under close observation as there is a risk of recurrence in other parts of the body, particularly the liver.
The Decision

Paul Duffen

Ten days later, Duffen met with consultant surgeon Victoria Cohen to discuss treatment options. Proton beam therapy, a specific form of radiation therapy, was considered, but it would have led to blindness. Therefore, Duffen chose to have his eye removed. Cohen stated that this is required in about a third of patients diagnosed with uveal melanoma. With little time before the operation, Duffen had to come to terms with the loss of his eye. He said, "Yes, losing an eye is not easy, but I had little time for worry. It was the logical decision."
The Recovery

Paul Duffen

The surgery to remove the eye took place in September 2014. Around the same time, a temporary coral-colored eye prosthesis was created. This option was chosen for its resemblance to human tissue. The prosthesis was implanted and attached to the remaining muscles, allowing it to move like a real eye. Once the tumor subsides, a permanent prosthesis will be installed. It is common for patients to wear sunglasses for comfort until the final prosthesis procedure is completed. Duffen followed this advice and continues to fulfill his duties as the president of an international publishing firm, a member of various boards of directors, and a football expert.
Advocacy and Awareness

Paul Duffen

Currently, Duffen is campaigning with the Institute of Optometry to raise awareness about eye health. He states, "I really want to urge people to have their eyes checked every two years. An eye examination can detect early signs of cancer, high blood pressure, and diabetes. If only I had known how important this was, I would have had a chance to save both eyes."

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