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Biopsy on Roy Williams' left kidney shows no cancer

Posted October 4, 2012
Updated October 5, 2012

— University of North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams had a biopsy of the tumor on his left kidney Wednesday at UNC Hospitals. The results of the biopsy indicate it is an oncocytoma, a non-cancerous kidney tumor.

Williams had surgery to remove a tumor from his right kidney on Sept.19th, which was also an oncocytoma, often indistinguishable from kidney cancer on x-rays.

Dr. Eric Wallen, professor of urology at UNC, says as a result of the biopsy, Coach Williams will not require surgery on the left kidney. North Carolina Logo More UNC Stories

“The result of the biopsy of the tumor on the left side is great news for Coach Williams and his family,” said Wallen. “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.”

“Once again I want to say how overwhelmed my family and I are by the support and concern of so many former players, members of the Tar Heel family and friends and fellow coaches from around the country,” says Williams. “Saying I’m overwhelmed truly doesn’t give justice to how much I appreciate all their thoughts and good wishes. The support has been off the charts.

“The level of professionalism, compassion and care that the entire medical team at UNC Health Care provided to my family and me has been extraordinary. Dr. Wallen and his staff have helped us get through a difficult process better than I ever could have expected.

“I also want to thank my family, especially Wanda, Scott, Kim and Katie, and my staff and players, for helping me get through these last three and a half weeks. The degree to which their love and support helped me is something I will never be able to adequately express.”

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  • mxteam44 Oct 4, 9:28 p.m.

    Great news! Now rest and get ready for Late Night with Roy!!!!

  • rastubar Oct 4, 9:38 p.m.

    As a WolfPack fan: Glad to hear the good news for Roy. I hate Cancer. Tired of losing family to "C".

  • Hokies94 Oct 4, 9:47 p.m.

    As a VT grad and son a grad of UNC... it's great news for Roy. Life and health is what it is all about anyway. I still think about Dean Smith too.

  • PacknoPride Oct 4, 10:39 p.m.

    I guess thrul with Packnopride will be disappointed.

  • slayerhil Oct 4, 10:41 p.m.

    Fantastic news!

  • spectician Oct 5, 12:29 a.m.

    Glad for the update... best of wishes to Roy and his family. ( yes, I've been a Duke fan for 45 of my 52 years !)

  • dawgwillhunt Oct 5, 6:06 a.m.

    Happy to hear

  • Zaknow Oct 5, 7:10 a.m.

    Good luck to Roy! Health is so very important!

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Oct 5, 7:34 a.m.

    Great news! So happy for Roy, his family, and his basketball "family". Looking forward to basketball season.

  • wyoming Oct 5, 8:16 a.m.

    Awesome news for the Coach and his family.

    Go Duke!

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