UNC: Roy Williams' kidney tumor is benign

UNC: Roy Williams' kidney tumor is benign

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ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 09: Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins during the Quarterfinals of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Conferene Tournament at Philips Arena on March 9, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on September 25, 2012 at 4:26 PM

North Carolina says Roy Williams' surgically removed kidney tumor was not cancerous. 

In a statement Tuesday, the school says tests have determined it is a benign growth that is often indistinguishable from kidney cancer on X-rays and doesn't spread like a cancerous tumor would. 

Williams also has a tumor on his left kidney, but according to the school, doctors say there is "a good chance" that growth is the same as the one removed last week. Doctors plan to biopsy that tumor next week and won't perform a second surgery if the tumor is the same. 

The school has said Williams is expected to be back for the start of preseason practice.
 

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