CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina announced Tuesday that the tumor men’s basketball coach Roy Williams had removed from his right kidney on Sept. 19 is not cancerous.
The tumor is an oncocytoma, a benign tumor of the kidney that is often indistinguishable from kidney cancer on X-rays. These types of tumors do not spread, unlike cancerous tumors, UNC officials said in a release.
Williams also has a tumor on his left kidney, and doctors say there is a good chance that tumor is also benign. Doctors will perform a biopsy of the left kidney tumor next week, and if it also is an oncocytoma, a second surgery would not be needed.
“No. 1, I want to express how overwhelmed I have been by the outpouring of support, concern and good wishes by everyone, especially members of the Carolina Basketball family,” Williams said in the release. “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.
“I also want thank the entire medical team and staff at UNC Health Care. The treatment and care were exceptional. My family and I also deeply appreciate the support shown to us. As someone who spends every day stressing the value and importance of a team, I can confidently say that UNC Health Care has an extraordinary team. I can’t thank them enough….”