Friday, October 5, 2012

Ol’ Roy’s Other Tumor Noncancerous

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The tumor on North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams' left kidney is noncancerous, the school announced Thursday night.

The results of a Wednesday biopsy showed the tumor is an oncocytoma, which is often indistinguishable from kidney cancer on X-rays. It is the same kind of noncancerous tumor the Hall of Fame coach had removed from his right kidney during a 3½-hour operation Sept. 19. Unlike cancerous tumors, oncocytomas do not spread.

Williams will not require surgery on his left kidney, so Williams should be on the court when the Tar Heels open preseason practice in fewer than 10 days.

"The result of the biopsy of the tumor on the left side is great news for Coach Williams and his family," Dr. Eric Wallen said in the statement released by the school. "He is recovering very well and we will continue to follow his progress. In the meantime, he can return to his normal schedule, including the team's first practice on October 13th."

Williams, 62, is set to begin his 10th season as head coach at UNC.

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