Roy Williams’ kidney tumor not cancerous
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams got some good news from his doctors a week after having surgery to remove a tumor from his right kidney.
The tumor is benign.
The school announced Tuesday that Williams’ tumor is an oncocytoma, “which is often indistinguishable from kidney cancer on X-rays.” This type of tumor does not spread, and doctors say it’s likely that the tumor on his left kidney is the same type.
Doctors are expected to perform a biopsy of Williams’ left kidney tumor next week, and if it also turns out to be an oncocytoma, he will not need another surgery, UNC said.
“We are pleased with how well Coach Williams is doing,” Eric Wallen, the doctor who led Williams’ surgical team, said in a statement. “If everything continues to progress as expected, he should be back to his normal activities soon.”
Williams said he was overwhelmed by the support he has received over the past week.
“I’ve just been blown away by the calls, cards, prayers and well-wishes from people all around the world in and out of the basketball community,” Williams said. “My family and I are thankful to all that have expressed your concerns.
“I also want thank the entire medical team and staff at UNC Health Care. The treatment and care were exceptional.”
After surgery last week, Wallen said that — barring a second surgery — Williams should be able to coach when the Tar Heels begin practice Oct. 13.