Last updated on November 2019

Molecular Characterization of Viral-associated Tumors Tumors Occurring in the Setting of HIV or Other Immune Disorders and Castleman Disease

Are you eligible to participate in this study?

You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Conditions: Castleman's Disease | HIV | HIV positive | Retroviridae | HIV infection | human herpesvirus 8 | Viral-Associated Cancer | AIDS Vaccines | Kaposi's Sarcoma
  • Age: Between 18 - 99 Years
  • Gender: Male or Female


Patients with one or more of the following:

  • HIV or other acquired immunodeficiency and cancer
  • Viral-associated cancer or cancer hypothesized to be caused by a virus
  • HIV-negative patients with cancer that commonly occurs in people with HIV
  • KSHV-associated malignancy or related diseases, such as Multicentric Castleman Disease
  • A malignancy hypothesized to be caused by an endogenous retrovirus
  • Idiopathic Castleman disease

Cancer diagnoses will be confirmed by the NCI Laboratory of Pathology. A biopsy will be collected if sufficient archival tissue is not available.

  • Age >18 years.
  • ECOG performance status less than or equal to 2 (Karnofsky greater than or equal to .60%) if biopsy to be performed is solely for the purposes of this protocol. Any ECOG performance status will be allowed if biopsy required for patient care or another NIH protocol that allows lower performance status or if enrollment on this protocol is only for the purposes of studying tissue that has already been collected.
  • Patients must have signed or be willing to sign an IRB-approved informed consent document that permits the use of the tumor and other samples for genomic-based molecular characterization projects. Telephone consent for use of archival tissue or tissue collected on another protocol or standard patient care will be permitted.
  • Co-enrollment on other HAMB, NCI, or NIH protocols is allowed


  • Inability to provide informed consent.
  • Pregnancy: Pregnant women will not be allowed to participate in this study because there is not a potential benefit.

Recruitment Status: Open

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