I noticed none of the articles ever said it was cancer-- only said waiting on pathology, and he may need the other kidney operated on later. This sounds like it might be a pheochromocytoma, a tumor of the adrenal gland. This may explain his vertigo and orthostatic hypotension (almost fainting when standing up from a sitting position), which are common symptoms of a pheo. Good news is that pheochromocytomas (if that's what it is) are rarely malignant.
Best wishes to 'Ol Roy. Speedy recovery!
High-energy Williams must now sit and wait
From column today by Lenox Rawlings of W-S Journal (best sports columnist in state IMO)
He would prefer to do almost anything other than wait on answers, but that's all Williams can do now.
Surgeons removed a tumor from his right kidney during a 3 1/2 -hour procedure at UNC Hospitals Wednesday morning, but they don't know if that tumor (or another tumor on his left kidney) is cancerous. The tests that will reveal the blunt medical facts take time — perhaps two days and possibly longer, according to a Carolina spokesman.
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Praying for you Roy. God is of course confused, since during the season the words I send up are not exactly "please take care of this man and give him a speedy recovery." But I'm sure the Almighty can figure it out.
One of basketball's most tenacious competitors has fans of every shade of blue rooting for him and hoping for the best news possible. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Williams family while they wait for the pathology reports.
For purposes of speculation:
Most common kidney tumor requiring removal is renal cell carcinoma. If small, it can be removed without taking the entire kidney. If large, the entire kidney must be removed.
Some people are at risk for multiple renal cell carcinomas. Treatment here is dicey because patients require a certain degree of functioning renal tissue to live.
Some renal cell carcinomas are very agressive and spread rapidly, but many can be cured with resection.
Hope Roy does well, whatever the situation.
The twitterverse says Roy's tumor was not cancerous! Great news.
I was anticipating it to be cancer, so relieved to learn it is not. So I celebrate the news with our adversary, and wish him a speedy recovery.
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Great news that it's not cancerous. I want to see Roy's career end prematurely after a string of losing seasons...not cancer.
I've been sensitive to and supportive of Roy Williams in this, but this sticks in my craw.
Bucigross just reported [w/r/t the silly PR stunt that is Midnight Madness], "Roy Williams, back from his bout with cancer."
Um, it was not cancer. Did you miss the good news, Buci?
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