Hereditary Leiomyomatosis Renal Cell Cancer - Study of the Genetic Cause and the Predisposition to Renal Cancer

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified November 2013 by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
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First received: December 17, 2002
Last updated: March 14, 2014
Last verified: November 2013

This study will investigate what causes hereditary leiomyomatosis renal (kidney) cell cancer, or HLRCC, and how the disease is related to the development of kidney tumors. Leiomyomas are benign (non-cancerous) tumors arising from smooth muscle. HLRCC can cause various health problems. Some people develop red bumps on their skin that can be painful at times. Some women with HLRCC can develop leiomyomas of the uterus. In some families, people with HLRCC develop kidney tumors. This study will try to determine:

  • What gene changes (mutations) cause HLRCC
  • What kind of kidney tumors develop in HLRCC and how they grow
  • What the chance is that a person with HLRCC will develop a kidney tumor

People with known or suspected HLRCC (and their family members of any age) may be eligible for this study. This includes people in families in which one or more members has skin leiomyoma and kidney cancer; skin leiomyoma and uterine leiomyoma; multiple skin leiomyomas; kidney cancer and uterine leiomyomas, or kidney cancer consistent with HLRCC, including, but not limited to, collecting duct or papillary, type II. Candidates will be screened with a physical examination, family history, and, for affected family members, a review of medical records, including pathology slides and computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.

Participants will undergo tests and procedures that may include the following:

  • Review of medical records, x-rays, and tissue slides
  • Physical examination and family history
  • Skin examination
  • Gynecological examination for women
  • Interviews with a cancer doctor, cancer nurses, kidney surgeon, and genetic counselor
  • Blood tests for:

    1. Genetic research to identify the gene responsible for HLRCC
    2. Evaluation of liver, kidney, heart, pancreas, and thyroid function
    3. Complete blood count and clotting profile
    4. Pregnancy test for pre-menopausal women
    5. PSA test for prostate cancer in men over age 40
  • CT or MRI scans (for participants 15 years of age and older only)
  • Skin biopsy (surgical removal of a small sample of skin tissue)
  • Cheek swab or mouth rinse to collect cells for genetic analysis
  • Medical photographs of lesions
  • Questionnaire

When the tests are completed, participants will discuss the results with a doctor and possibly a genetic nurse or genetic counselor. The genetic findings will not be revealed to participants because their meaning and implications may not yet be understood. Participants may be asked to return to NIH from every 3 months to every 3 years, depending on their condition, for follow-up examinations and tests.

Kidney Neoplasms

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Hereditary Leiomyomatosis Renal Cell Cancer (HLRCC): Identification of the Disease Gene and Characterization of the Predisposition to Renal Cancer

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Estimated Enrollment: 650
Study Start Date: December 2002
Detailed Description:


Hereditary Leiomyomatosis and Renal Cell Cancer (HLRCC) is a rare autosomal dominantly inherited disorder which confers susceptibility to develop cutaneous and uterine leiomyomas and renal cell carcinoma.

HLRCC is caused by mutations in the Krebs cycle enzyme, fumarate hydratase localized on chromosome 1q42.3-q43.


Define the risk of developing renal cancer, cutaneous leiomyoma and uterine leiomyoma in this hereditary cancer syndrome

Define the types and characteristics (including patterns of growth) of renal cancer associated with HLRCC.

Determine the incidence and characteristics of HLRCC-associated fumarate hydratase gene mutations.

Determine genotype/phenotype correlations.

Determine if other genes caused HLRCC.


An individual from a family in which one or more family members have:

Cutaneous leiomyoma and kidney cancer.

Cutaneous leiomyoma and uterine leiomyoma.

Multiple cutaneous leiomyoma.

Kidney cancer and uterine leiomyomata.

Renal tumor histology consistent with HLRCC including, but not limited to: Collecting Duct and/ or Papillary, Type II.


These rare families will be recruited to genetically confirm diagnosis, determine size and location of renal tumors, size at presentation, growth rate and metastatic potential of renal tumors.

Genetic testing will be offered to gain appreciation of the effect of mutations on the relative activity of various germline and somatic mutations.

We will determine if there is a relationship between mutation and disease phenotype.


Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Patients with known or suspected Hereditary Leiomyomatosis and Renal Cell Cancer Syndrome and their family members of any age will be recruited from the dermatology, urology, oncology, and genetics communities worldwide.

An individual from a family in which one or more family member have:

  • Cutaneous leiomyoma and kidney cancer
  • Cutaneous leiomyoma and uterine leiomyoma
  • Multiple cutaneous leiomyoma
  • Kidney cancer and uterine leiomyomata
  • Renal tumor histology consistent with HRLRCC including, but not limited to: Collecting Duct and/or Papillary, Type II

Spouses enrolled primarily for linkage analysis


Persons unable to give informed consent.

  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00050752

Contact: W. Marston Linehan, M.D. (301) 496-6353

United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike Recruiting
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Contact: For more information at the NIH Clinical Center contact National Cancer Institute Referral Office    (888) NCI-1937      
NCI Frederick Cancer Research Center Recruiting
Frederick, Maryland, United States, 21702-1201
Sponsors and Collaborators
Principal Investigator: W. Marston Linehan, M.D. National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications: Identifier: NCT00050752     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00055627
Other Study ID Numbers: 030066, 03-C-0066
Study First Received: December 17, 2002
Last Updated: March 14, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carcinoma, Renal Cell
Kidney Neoplasms
Disease Susceptibility
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Urologic Neoplasms
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Kidney Diseases
Urologic Diseases
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes
Neoplasms, Muscle Tissue
Neoplasms, Connective and Soft Tissue processed this record on September 18, 2014