Roy Williams' tumor benign

University of North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams was informed on Tuesday that the tumor removed from his right kidney on Sept. 19 was benign. The tumor is classified as an oncocytoma, which is a tumor that does not spread and is often indistinguishable on x-rays.

Williams still has a tumor on his left kidney, but doctors are optimistic that it is also benign because the tumor on his right was oncocytoma. If this turns out to be the case, a second surgery will not be required. The coach is scheduled to undergo a biopsy of the area next week.

Williams expressed gratitude for the work of the medical staff led by Dr. Eric Wallen, as well as the support from his family, friends and fans. Via GoHeels.com:

"There is still work to be done, but we will continue to deal with that over the next few weeks and get through it with the help of first-rate medical care and the continued support of my family and our extended family and friends through Carolina Basketball."

For more updates on this story, stick with SBNation.com, and for more on North Carolina athletics, visit The Tar Heel Blog.

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