UNC docs: Williams' tumor not cancer
Posted September 25, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Doctors at UNC Hospitals said Tuesday that the tumor they removed last week from head men's basketball coach Roy Williams is not cancerous.
Williams spent less than two days in the hospital to have the tumor removed from his right kidney. It remains unclear how much time the 62-year-old coach will miss leading up to the start of preseason practice Oct. 13.
“We are pleased with how well Coach Williams is doing," said Dr. Eric Wallen, professor of urology at UNC, who led the surgical team. "If everything continues to progress as expected, he should be back to his normal activities soon.”
The school said doctors discovered the tumor during a physical earlier this month, and the coach underwent a 3½-hour procedure to remove it.
“Number one, 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 a statement released by the school. “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. My family and I are thankful to all that have expressed your concerns."
Williams might need another operation to remove another tumor from his left kidney.
He has led his alma mater to NCAA championships in 2005 and 2009.