Cancer Cytopathology

Cover image for Vol. 125 Issue 2

Edited By: Celeste N. Powers, MD, PhD

Impact Factor: 3.183

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 17/79 (Pathology); 89/213 (Oncology)

Online ISSN: 1934-6638

Associated Title(s): Cancer, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians

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All CORRESPONDENCE for the journal should be sent to the following address. Please include the manuscript ID with all correspondence (example CNCY-17-0000):
Cancer Cytopathology Editorial Office
American Cancer Society
250 Williams Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303 USA
Phone: (404) 327-6411
Fax: (404) 417-8016

Aims and Scope
American Cancer Society Mission
Submission Guidelines
Review Process


Cancer Cytopathology, a journal of the American Cancer Society, provides a unique forum for interaction and dissemination of original research and educational information relevant to the practice of cytopathology and its related oncologic disciplines. The journal strives to have a positive effect on cancer prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and cure by the publication of high-quality content. The mission of Cancer Cytopathology is to present and inform readers of new applications, technological advances, cutting-edge research, novel applications of molecular techniques, and relevant review articles related to cytopathology.


The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives from cancer, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, and service.


Manuscripts must be submitted to Cancer Cytopathology via ScholarOne Manuscripts. Please contact the Cancer Cytopathology Editorial Office at (404) 327-6411 or if you have any questions about submitting your manuscript online.

• All manuscripts must be submitted electronically using Cancer Cytopathology’s ScholarOne Manuscript Web site available at Manuscripts may not be submitted by e-mail.
• Submit text files only as .DOC, .DOCX, or .RTF file formats. Other file formats are not permitted and should be converted to .DOC or .DOCX.
• Authors are required to email or upload any permissions that may have been obtained for figures or tables or any permissions required for patient consent. Please include the permanent manuscript ID on all correspondence (example CNCY-15-0000).

Cancer Cytopathology does not charge any submission, page, or color fees. Authors of accepted articles do have the option of paying a fee in order for their published article to be made freely accessible to all. For more information about Wiley's OnlineOpen program, please go to

Tobacco Policy
Cancer Cytopathology will not consider any work that is funded directly or indirectly from tobacco companies or their subsidiaries. Any such work will be editorially rejected. Please note that this does not include work from organizations that sponsor research from funds won by U.S. states and federal governments as part of tobacco settlements that are intended to promote research and care toward alleviating the suffering of individuals affected by tobacco products.

Required Materials
The following items are required to be included with the online submission:
• Cover letter that includes the statements ‘‘All authors have read and approved the manuscript’’ and “This manuscript is not under consideration elsewhere” as well as any additional information that may impact the review process
• Manuscript category (eg, Editorial, Review Article, Original Article, etc.)
• The section and subsection best suited for the manuscript type
• Abstract of no more than 250 words for Original and Review Articles
• Condensed abstract of 2 concise sentences
• 5 keywords
• Corresponding author’s complete contact information to include address, phone number, and e-mail address
• Full names and affiliations of all authors, complete with first and middle names or initials, and e-mail addresses for each
• Reviewer suggestions that include names and e-mail addresses
• Funding and conflict of interest information
• Listing of individual author contributions to the work
• Indication of whether or not the paper was invited
• Informed consent: A statement is required with any report of investigations involving human subjects confirming that informed consent was obtained from the subject(s) and/or guardian(s). Provide this statement in the cover letter and state clearly in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained

Manuscript Types
Papers that exceed the length limitations as described in this guide will not be considered for review.
• Original Articles: Scientific reports of the results of original clinical research. The text is limited to 6000 words including the title page, abstract, text, references, and tables. Abstracts are limited to 250 words.
• Review Articles: A timely, in-depth treatment of an issue. Review articles are generally solicited by the editors, but unsolicited materials will be considered. Review articles must be no longer than 8000 words including title page, abstract, text, tables, and references.
• Editorials: Opinions of recognized leaders in oncologic specialties. Editorials are generally solicited by the Editor-in-Chief and are related to a manuscript in the same issue. Length should not exceed 2400 words with no more than 20 references.
• Commentaries: Presents a point of view of general interest not related to an article in the same issue of Cancer Cytopathology.
• Communications: Brief notes on selected topics from organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, and the American Joint Committee on Cancer.
• Tributes: Highlights the accomplishments of distinguished individuals for their contributions to oncology.
• Correspondence: Letters to the Editor related to papers previously published in Cancer Cytopathology. Letters must be submitted within three months of the online publication date of the article discussed in order to be considered. The authors of the original publication will be given the opportunity to respond in the same issue of Cancer Cytopathology. Letters and responses must not exceed 400 words in length, must be limited to three authors and five references, and should not have tables or figures. Financial associations or other potential conflicts of interest must be disclosed.
• Case reports of single cases will not be considered.

Cancer Cytopathology requires submission of an outline, which includes details on length, subject, authors (if available), and sponsorship information. Any supplement information that is received without the aforementioned items will be returned. This information must be provided for consideration by the Editors to determine appropriateness for Cancer Cytopathology's audience. All editorial materials, including supplements, are subject to peer review, and there is no guarantee of publication. All supplement costs must be borne by the authors or sponsoring group. Financial disclosures related to support should be provided in the cover letter.

Manuscript Style
Prepare the manuscript using American spelling and grammar. Use the following sources as guidelines for manuscript preparation and style:
• Matters of spelling, capitalization, punctuation, hyphenation, reference format, and general style: AMA Manual of Style, 10th ed.1
• Citing cancer stages: American Joint Committee on Cancer Staging Manual, 7th ed.2 or UICC TNM Classification of Malignant Tumors3
• Histologic classification of tumors: World Health Organization International Histological Classification of Tumours4
• Drug naming: USP Dictionary of USAN and International Drug Names, 20095
• Chemical terms: Naming and Indexing of Chemical Substances for Chemical Abstracts6
• Terms relating to diseases, operations, and procedures: ICD-O-3: International Classification of Diseases for Oncology, 3rd ed.,7 Physicians’ Current Procedural Terminology: CPT, 2009,8 and SNOMED International9
• Presenting statistical material: Cancer Treatment Reports10
• Abbreviating journal titles in references: List of Serials Indexed for Online Users11
• Units of measure: Systéme International (SI) or metric system.

Manuscript Format
The following components are required for a complete manuscript: cover letter, title page (including all disclosure and support statements), abstract, text, references, figure legends, publication quality figures, and tables. Include page numbers on the document, beginning with the title page as number 1. Please use standard 10- or 12-point font size. Manuscript should be double spaced.

Title page
The following items are required on the title page:
• Manuscript title
• Running title: a short version of the title (up to 40 characters including spaces)
• Each author’s name, academic degrees, and affiliation (All affiliations must be translated into standard English)
• Complete mailing address, telephone, facsimile, and E-mail for correspondence and reprints
• Total number of each: 1) text pages, including title page, references, and figure legends; 2) tables; and 3) figures
• Details of all funding sources for the work in question. All financial and material support for the research and the work, including the source and number of grants for each author, should be listed. Please be sure to indicate whether any grants are from the NIH. If the work had no specific funding, this should be explicitly stated.
• All financial disclosures. If there are no financial disclosures from any authors, please state that as well
• A dedicated Author Contributions section listing individual author contributions to the work. The contributions of all authors must be described. Cancer Cytopathology uses the CRediT taxonomy of contributor roles.
• Precis for use in the Table of Contents: two concise sentences that state the significant conclusion(s) or message of the manuscript (not required for In Memoriam or Correspondence)
• Abstract: Original and Review Articles must contain an abstract of approximately 250 words. Structured abstracts are required for Original Articles and must have four specified subtitles: Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusion(s). Abstracts are not required for In Memoriam, Editorials, Commentaries, Communications, or Correspondence. Abstracts published in Cancer Cytopathology are submitted to the International Cancer Research Data Bank (ICRDB), supported by the National Cancer Institute. This facilitates broad circulation of cancer-related abstracts. If the ICRDB edits an abstract significantly, it is indicated by a notation ‘‘modified.’’ Authors are hereby made aware of this procedure in advance of submitting a manuscript to Cancer Cytopathology.
• Keywords: 4 to 10 keywords or terms to be used as index terms. Use terms from the medical subject headings list of

Protection of Human and Animal Subjects
Cancer Cytopathology endorses the principles embodied in the Declaration of Helsinki and expects that all investigations involving humans will have been performed in accordance with these principles. All manuscripts reporting human experimentation must include:
• A statement that the human investigations were performed after approval by an institutional review board or ethics committee and in accordance with an assurance filed with and approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where appropriate. For those investigators who do not have formal ethics review committees, the principles outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki should be followed.
• A statement that the investigators obtained informed consent from each participant or each participant’s guardian.
When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed.

Photographs With Identifiable Patients
In photographs, sonograms, CT scans, etc., the physical identification of a patient should be masked whenever possible. If a patient is identifiable, written permission to use the photograph must be obtained from the patient or guardian and sent to the Editorial Office upon manuscript submission. Clearly state in the manuscript that informed consent has been obtained.

Cell Line Authentication
To ensure the highest standards of quality and accuracy, Cancer Cytopathology strongly encourages the authentication of cell lines used in the research submitted to the journal. Manuscripts based on research using cell lines must include a statement addressing the following points in the Methods section of the manuscript:
1. Where the cells were obtained from
2. Whether the cell lines have been tested and authenticated
3. The method by which the cells were tested If cells were obtained directly from a cell bank that performs cell line characterizations and passaged in the user’s laboratory for fewer than 6 months after receipt or resuscitation, re-authorization is not required.

In these cases, please include the method of characterization used by the cell bank. If the cell lines were obtained from an alternate source, authors must provide authentication of the origin and identity of the cells. This is best achieved by DNA (STR) profiling. The DNA profile should be cross-checked with the DNA profile of the donor tissue (in case of a new cell line) or with the DNA profile of other continuous cell lines.

Clinical Trial Registry
Cancer Cytopathology requires that all prospective, randomized, controlled trials with patient enrollment starting on or after August 1, 2007, be registered in a public database that meets the requirements of the World Health Organization. Currently, such registries include the following:,,,, and For more information, please refer to the guidelines at Upon submission, please provide the registration identification number and the URL for the trial’s registry in your cover letter.

Randomized Controlled Trials
Reports of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) must state explicitly how the comparison groups were generated, so that readers will be able to assess the method of randomization. In the title, precis, and abstract, specify that the manuscript is a report of an RCT. Prior to submitting an RCT manuscript, authors should refer to the CONSORT checklist.13 Reports of Diagnostic Tests Authors of reports of diagnostic tests are encouraged to submit the STARD flow diagram and checklist.14

Statistical Analysis
The following guidelines should be followed:
• Report the sample size n for each study and each analysis
• Describe the power analysis to justify the sample size if appropriate
• Identify all statistical methods and verify the assumptions for all statistical tests
• Provide alpha (the probability of a Type I error) for all statistical tests
• Specify whether tests are one- or two-sided
• Report the descriptive statistics (n, mean, median, and standard deviation) for all continuous variables
• Report n and the sample proportion for binary variables
• Adequately explain complex statistical procedures such a multivariate logistic regression and the Cox proportional hazard regression model and verify the assumptions of each such procedure
• Report the actual P-values and explain what is meant by statistical significance
• Discuss and describe adjustments for multiple testing

Classification and Staging
AJCC/UICC TNM Classification and Stage groupings are to be used. If another staging system is stated, the AJCC/UICC TNM equivalent must also be given.2,3 The stage grouping is a combination of the individual T, N, M classifications (e.g., Breast Carcinoma Stage IIA is T2 N0 M0. Please note IIA is the stage. T2 N0M0 is a combination of T, N, M classifications that satisfy the criteria for Stage IIA.). Reference to any T, N, M component is a classification and not a stage (eg, the T2 classification); it is not correct to state the classification as a stage (e.g., the T2 stage). When a stage or classification is used in the manuscript, a reference citing the staging system must be provided. The first time a stage is used it must be accompanied by the T, N, M and the verbal translation of the numerical identifier (eg, Breast Carcinoma Stage IIA [T2 N0 M0]): tumor more than 2 cm but not more than 5 cm in greatest dimension [T2], no regional lymph node metastasis [N0], no distant metastasis [M0]).

Drugs and Devices
Use generic drug name (or generic name followed by trade name in parentheses). Include manufacturer and their location (city and country) for drugs and devices.

Use only standard abbreviations and spell out all abbreviations at first use in the text followed by the abbreviation in parentheses.1

Submit references per the following instructions:
• List references double-spaced in a separate reference section immediately following the text.
• Verify all references prior to submission. • Use the AMA Manual of Style, 10th ed.1 for reference format style and List of Serials Indexed for Online Users11 for standard journal abbreviations (examples to follow).
• Number references sequentially in the order cited in the text; do not alphabetize. Remove automatic numbering and linked citations; number references manually.
• Do not cite personal communications, unpublished observations, and submitted manuscripts. Reference to a paper accepted but not yet published can be listed as ‘‘in press.’’ ‘‘In press’’ references must be updated by the authors as soon as publication data are available.
• Provide names of all authors in a reference when there are six or fewer; if there are seven or more authors, list only the first three, followed by ‘‘et al.’’
Reference types. Following are requirements and examples for common reference types:
      • Journal references include the specified information listed in the following order—authors, article title and subtitle, journal abbreviation, year, volume number in Arabic numerals, and inclusive pages. Example 1: Cohn KH, Ornstein DL, Wang F, et al. The significance of allelic deletions and aneuploidy in colorectal carcinoma: results of a 5-year follow-up study. Cancer. 1997;79: 233–244.
      • Book references include the following: authors, title, edition (if other than the first), volume (if more than one), city, publisher, and year. When referencing a book chapter, the order changes as follows: authors of the chapter, title of the chapter, ‘‘In:’’, editors/authors of the book, title of the book, edition (if there are more than one), volume (if there are more than one), city, publisher, year, and inclusive pages of the chapter. Example 2: Givan AL. Flow Cytometry: First Principles. 2nd ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2001. Example 3: Luketich JD, Ginsberg RJ. Diagnosis and staging of lung cancer. In: Johnson BE, Johnson DH, editors. Lung Cancer. New York: Wiley-Liss, Inc., 1995:161–173.
      • Electronic sources should include the type of medium (such as ‘‘computer program’’ or ‘‘CD-ROM’’), the version used, and the supplier. References to online sources should include the type of medium (such as ‘‘serial online’’ or ‘‘monograph online’’), the date of that specific reference (if applicable), the uniform resource locator (URL), and the date that the source was accessed. For web pages, please include the name of the page referenced. A source accessed online should always be referenced accordingly, even if it is also published in printed form. Example 4: Nakamura S, Yao T, Aoyagi K, Ikda M, Fujishima M, Tsuneyoshi M. Helicobacter pylori and primary gastric lymphoma: a histopathologic and immunochemical analysis of 237 patients. Cancer [serial online] 1997;79:3–11. Available from URL: [accessed Dec 1, 1998]. Example 5: American Cancer Society. Cancer reference information. Available from URL: CRI/CRI_0.asp [accessed January 26, 2006].

Authors are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of their references and for correct text citation.

• Submit single-spaced on separate pages in the word processing program used. Tables imported into the word-processing program from spreadsheet programs (eg, Microsoft Excel) should be left in table format and not converted to text. Gridlines should be retained.
• Do not embed tables as graphic files. They cannot be edited by the publisher.
• Limit tables to those that adequately and concisely present findings without redundancy.
• Cite all tables in the text. Number tables consecutively, using Arabic numerals, in the order cited in the text. The table number is followed by a brief descriptive title.
• Include table number, ‘‘continued,’’ and table subheadings on each page if a table exceeds one manuscript page.
• Define all abbreviations used in the table in footnotes to the table.
• Obtain written permission to reproduce previously published tabular material. Credits for the reproduced work are included as a footnote to the table and must include author(s), title, either publisher and city (and country, if other than US) or periodical name, volume, page, and year. Signed permission forms must be sent to the Editorial Office upon submission.

Figures and Legends
• Submit only publication-quality figures in TIFF or EPS file format. JPEG or GIF files are not permitted.
• The following resolutions are required to ensure print quality: 1200 dpi for line art; 300 dpi for halftones/color (RGB); 600 dpi for combination halftones/color.
• Figures should be sized to one-column width (19 picas, 3.25 inches), or two-column width (40 picas, 6.75 inches), as appropriate.
• Call out all figures in the text. Number all figures sequentially with Arabic numerals in the order cited in the text.
• Provide double-spaced legends on a separate page to include the figure number and a brief description of the figure. • Figures with multiple parts should be labeled and referred to as (a), (b), (c), etc.
• For typeface within figures, use 6-pt to 12-pt Arial or Helvetica font.
• Gray shading in figures may not reproduce well for publication and should be avoided. Do not use overall background shading in figures. Do not use gray-shaded bars in graphs—use bars with solid, open, or hatched fill. Avoid fine lines and very small type and symbols in figures. Lines should be reasonably dark and type and symbols should be easily read if the figure is reduced for publication.
• Obtain written permission to reproduce previously published figures. Credits for the reproduced work are included in the figure legend and must include author(s), title, either publisher and city (and country, if other than US) or periodical name, volume, page, and year. Signed permission forms must be sent to the Editorial Office upon submission.
• Do not embed figures in word processing programs (eg, Microsoft Word).
• Mask any patient identification in photographs; otherwise, a signed permission statement is required (please see Permissions section).

Supporting Information
Supporting information (SI) will be published in the online version of Cancer Cytopathology only. SI is mentioned in the article text and published online in its original format along with the article. SI will undergo peer review with the rest of the manuscript but will not be copyedited or changed from its original format. It must be relevant but not integral to the paper. It can comprise additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Like the manuscript accompanying it, it should be original and not previously published. If previously published, it must be submitted with the necessary permissions. SI is hosted on Wiley Online Library (WOL) in the ‘Supporting Information’ section of the article and access to ‘Supporting Information’ is free on WOL. For more information on recommended file types, please visit

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Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. Authorship credit should be based on the following criteria 1) Substantial contributions to conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; 3) Final approval of the version to be published; and 4) Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work. All four conditions must be met. Carefully review author status prior to submitting a manuscript. Changes to the author list (deletions and additions) may not be permitted once a manuscript is in review.

Manuscripts drafted or written, in whole or part, by individuals not listed as authors will not be considered for publication unless those contributions are clearly and accurately included in the acknowledgement section of the paper and all sources for funding those activities are disclosed in the manuscript and on the author financial disclosure forms.

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Conflicts of Interest
At the time of manuscript submission, the Journal requires corresponding authors to summarize all authors' conflict of interest disclosures. This conflict of interest information is provided to editors and peer reviewers. At the time of manuscript acceptance, we ask each author, including the corresponding author, to complete his or her own International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement. Information about this form is available at

Group Authorship
The number of authors on a manuscript should not exceed 10. Manuscripts exceeding this limit will be returned without review. However, group authorship may be used in any of the following three formats as appropriate:
1. Authorship may be attributed to an entire group (e.g., Pediatric Oncology Group) when all members of the group meet the criteria for authorship previously outlined. In this case, the name of the group is located on the title page in the place of authors; each member of the group is listed in a footnote and his/her authorship acknowledged.
2. The names of up to 10 authors may be listed on the title page, followed by the name of the group (e.g., Jane E. Doe, John L. Smith, Mark F. Jones, and the Pediatric Oncology Group) when the individual authors, as well as all members of the group, meet the criteria for authorship previously outlined. In this case, group members are listed in a footnote and their authorship acknowledged.
3. When specified authors assume responsibility for an entire group (e.g., Jane E. Doe, John L. Smith, Mark F. Jones for the Pediatric Oncology Group), only the specified authors must meet the criteria for authorship previously outlined. All members of the group may be listed in a footnote but are not acknowledged as authors. In this case, the corresponding author must state in the cover letter that she/he has written permission from each group member to list her/his name as a member of the group.

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Authors’ Professional and Ethical Responsibilities
Should possible scientific misconduct or dishonesty in research submitted for review be suspected or alleged, Cancer Cytopathology reserves the right to forward any submitted manuscript to the sponsoring or funding institution or to other appropriate authorities for investigation. Cancer Cytopathology recognizes the responsibility to ensure that the question is appropriately pursued, but does not undertake the actual investigation or make determinations of misconduct. The author will be notified if Cancer Cytopathology forwards any manuscript or materials to the sponsoring or funding institution.

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• At the conference, authors should decline interviews from the media until the embargo has lifted.

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