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The tumor North Carolina coach Roy Williams had removed was benign

Jeff Eisenberg
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Six days after Roy Williams underwent surgery to have a tumor removed from his right kidney, the North Carolina coach received some good news.

An analysis of the tumor by doctors showed it was benign and will not spread.

Williams will undergo a biopsy next week on the tumor on his left kidney. Assuming that tumor is also benign, doctors believe he will not require a second surgery and will be able to return to everyday team activities soon.

"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 Tuesday. "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.

"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."

Williams reportedly hasn't been cleared to travel yet, but he has been in the basketball office to visit with players and staff. Doctors said last week they expect Williams to not only be on the bench for North Carolina's season opener but also "to coach this season and for years come."

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