This site uses cookies or markers, which are packages of information sent by a web server (in this case from this site) to the Internet browser of the visitor/user and then automatically stored by the latter and forwarded automatically to the server at any other subsequent access to the site. Therefore, to fully use this site, it is recommended to configure the browser in order to accept cookies. Almost all browsers are set to accept cookies by default. Visitors/users can at any time change the preset configurations. As mentioned above, disabling or canceling cookies may preclude the optimal use of some areas of the site or impair the use of some services.

If users/visitors want to decide each time whether to accept cookies or not, they can also configure their browser to generate a warning each time a cookie is stored. Cookies can be persistent (they are stored until expiry in the hard disk of the user/visitor) or session-associated (they are not stored in a persistent way in the computer of the user/visitor and they are cancelled when the browser closes). Cookies are used to facilitate surfing in the website and its correct functioning to facilitate the access to services requiring authentication (so users do not have to enter authentication credentials at each access to services) for statistical purposes, to know which areas of the website have been visited and, in some cases, for the optimal management of the pages and advertisement pages to provide contents and advertisement in line with the choices made by the web surfer.

Furthermore, cookies can belong to the website (used, for instance, to know the number of visited paged inside the page itself) or to third parties (or generated by other sites to provide content on the website that is being visited).  This site can use anonymous cookies by third parties in order to manage in a dynamic way advertisement. The most popular browsers have the possibility to block cookies by third parties and accept only those of the website. Furthermore, some companies that generate cookies on third sites offer the possibility to deactivate and/or inhibit cookies in a simple and immediate way (they do not imply the registration of identification personal data, e.g., IP address).



Essential cookies are extremely needed to enable specific requested functions. Some of the functions of our sites, such as the facilitated login to our websites, do not work without the use of cookies and would influence not only your experience of the website, but also the ability to do something useful. Cookies that are essential for the use of the website are exempt according to EU regulations, but we want you to be fully informed.


Functional cookies are used to provide services or remember the settings to improve your visit and experience of our website.  The data controller uses functional cookies to share information with partners to provide a service on our website. Shared information are used only to provide the product, service or function, and not for other purposes.


The use of session cookies is strictly limited to the transmission of session identification data, which is necessary for a safe and efficient exploration of the site. Session cookies used in this site avoid making use of other data processing technologies that may potentially affect the confidentiality of users’ activities and are also used to improve services.


Tracking cookies are connected to services provided by third parties, such as  ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ and track the effectiveness of advertisements. The third party provides these services in exchange of information on the fact he\she visited our website. For instance, links to social networks like Facebook, which can use information related to your visit to direct advertising to you on other websites, provide advertisement agencies with information on your visit so that they can present advertisements to which you can be interested.


The data controller uses tools for aggregated analysis of navigation data to improve websites (e.g., Google Analytics). These tools use cookies that are stored on the computer of the user to allow the operator of the website to analyse how users use them. Information generated by cookies of the use of websites by the user (including the IP address, which is anonymized with the removal of some figures) will be transmitted and stored on the servers of Google or other operator. Generated information are used to track and analyse the use of the website by the user, complete reports on the activity of websites for operators and provide services related to the activity of the website and the use of Internet.


Websites may use third party cookies to publish specific advertisement based on the interests of the users. Such information are collected during the navigation of the user and are in no way connected to the account through which the user accesses websites. In particular, Google AdWords by Google Inc. uses navigation data within its online advertisement circuit, to suggest advertisement that may be of interest for the user. The data controller can use this technology and uses navigation data in its own websites to propose to users advertisement based on their interests. More in general, each browser allows the user to deactivate cookies by third parties allowing online advertisement based on the user’s interests.


Behavioral cookies are used to collect data on navigation habits and preferences, performing profiling and/or personalization for advertising purposes, to conduct market research or remote selling: in these cases, this is behavioral and targeted advertisement. Processing is evaluated very carefully by Italian and European legislators, which have very restrictive rules. The EU has decided to impose Internet operators to ask for the user’s consent prior to using the cookies for behavioral advertisement or purposes other than those strictly necessary to offer the requested service to the user. In order not to receive these categories of cookies on the website, the opt-out tool can be used, which can be found in the cookie-setting page of the browser.




Most browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can choose also to not accept them. We do not recommend to do this, as it could prevent normal browsing and the use all of the site’s features.  If you do not want your computer to receive and store cookies, you can change the security settings of your browser (e.g., Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari).

These are the instructions to limit, block or eliminate cookies through the settings of your browser.

Google Chrome

Activation or deactivation of cookies

  1. Click on the Chrome menu icon
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click on Show advanced settings at the bottom of the page.
  4. In the Privacy section, click on Content settings.
  5. Activate or deactivate cookies.
  6. To activate cookies, select Allow local data to be set (recommended).
  7. To deactivate cookies, select Block sites from setting any data.
  8. Click on Done to save.

If you do not want Google Chrome to save a record of your history and downloads, you can browse the web in incognito mode.

Opening of a navigation window in incognito mode.

A navigation window in incognito appears different from a normal window. The upper part of an incognito navigation window is grey or blue, based on your computer or device.

To open an incognito navigation window, follow these instructions:

Leaving the incognito navigation mode

To leave the incognito navigation mode:

  • Click on the X icon in the top right corner.
  • Use the keyboard shortcut Alt+F4 (Windows and Linux) or?-capital-W (Mac).
  • Close the last page in a window; this automatically closes also the window.

How it works

  • The navigation history is not recorded. Visualized web pages and downloaded files under incognito mode are not stored in the browsing and download history.
  • Cookies are canceled. All new cookies are deleted after all incognito browsing pages are closed.
  • You can easily go from incognito to regular mode, and vice versa. You can simultaneously open incognito and regular windows, and go from one mode to the other.
  • Extensions are deactivated. Extensions are deactivated in incognito navigation windows. This because Google Chrome does not control how personal data are managed by extensions. If you wish that an extension is visualized in incognito navigation windows, select the control box “Allow incognito mode” related to the extension.

Stored data:

Chrome stores updates of Bookmarks and general settings.

Chrome memorizes any changes to the Bookmarks or general settings made under incognito mode.

Websites can store a record of your visit.

Incognito navigation has the purpose to block Google Chrome from storing information on visited websites. A record of your visit may be stored on visited websites. All files saved on your computer or mobile devices are stored.

Internet Explorer

To delete cookies, do as follows:

  1. To open Internet Explorer, click on Start. Type Internet Explorer in the search box and click on Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on Tools and select Internet Options.
  3. On the General tab in the area “Browsing history” click on Delete.
  4. Select the Cookies check box and then click on Delete if not already selected. Select or deselect the check boxes related to any other options that must be deleted. To keep cookies for saved favorites, select the check box Maintain data on favorite websites.



Preferences for cookies

Preferences > Advanced > Cookies. These settings allow to configure cookies in Opera. By default, all cookies are accepted.

Accept cookies.

All cookies are accepted.

Accept cookies only from visited websites.

Third party cookies, sent from a different domain from the one is being visited are refused.

Never accept cookies.

All cookies are refused.

Delete new cookie when leaving Opera.

Some websites need cookies to function correctly. In this case, if you do not want that sent cookies are stored between navigation sessions, active the option Clear new cookies when leaving Opera.

Ask before accepting cookies

To decide each time what to do with received cookies, select “ask before accepting a cookie”. This way, with every new cookie, a dialog box opens with information on the origin of cookies and related attributes.

Cookie management

The cookie manager allows to examine and modify cookies stored in Opera. The tab Cookie management… opens a window containing a list of folders, each identified by a domain. After having used the quick search field to localize a domain, open the related folder to visualize the associated cookies.

The cookie dialog box opens.

The cookie dialog box is visualized each time a website offers a cookie, but only if the option Ask before accepting cookies is active in Preferences > Advanced > Cookies. The dialog box visualizes the origin of the cookie and its attributes and allows to either accept or refuse it.

Force the removal when leaving Opera.

Tick the box “Force the removal when leaving Opera” to request the removal of the cookie at the end of the session regardless of its expiry date.

Remember the selection for all cookies for this domain.

To accept or refuse all cookies set for the same domain, tick the box “Remember the choice for all cookies for this domain”. This way, at the following offer of a cookie for the same domain, the dialog box will no longer be displayed.

Cookie details

Click on Cookie details to visualize all attributes.


Set cookie block

Click on Block cookie and select “Never”, “By third parties and advertisers” or “Always”. Cookies are information from websites that are stored on the device to allow websites to remember the user at the next visit and so that the page can be personalized, based on obtained information.

Important: some pages work only if cookies are accepted.

To activate or deactivate JavaScript

Click on Advanced and activate or deactivate the corresponding option. JavaScript allows web programmers to control the elements in the page. For instance, a page that uses JavaScript could visualize current date and time or open a link in a new pop-up window.

Remove information from the device

  • To cancel your history from Safari, go to Settings > Safari > Delete history.
  • To cancel all cookies from Safari, go to Settings > Safari > Delete cookies and data.

To delete the other information stored by Safari, go to Advanced > Websites data > Remove all data of websites.


Verify or modify settings:

Click on the Menu and select Options.

Select the Privacy pane.

Under history settings: select use personalized settings.

To activate cookies, select the item “Accept cookies from websites”; to deactivate them deselect the item.

If you experience problems with cookies, make sure the option “Accept third party cookies” is not set to Never.

Choose how long cookies should be stored.

Store them until expiry: cookies are removed when they expire (date set from the website sending the cookie).

Stored until Firefox is closed: cookies stored on one’s computer are removed when Firefox is closed.

Ask each time: every time a website tries to set a cookie and asks the user whether to save the cookie or not.

Click OK to close the option window.

Delete cookies for a specific website.

  1. Click on the Menu and select Options.
  2. Select the Privacy pane.
  3. Under history settings: select use personalized settings.
  4. Click on Show cookies. The Cookie window will pop up.
  5. Enter the name of the website whose cookies you want to delete in the search field. A list with the related cookies will appear.
  6. Select from the list the cookies you want to remove and click Clear.
  7. To select all cookies in the list, select the first cookie and press Caps+End.
  8. Click Close to close the window.
  9. Click OK to close the option window.

Delete all cookies.

  1. Click on the menu, select History and then Clear recent history.
  2. From the drop-down menu, select a time interval you want to clear: select all.
  3. Click on the arrow next to Details to visualize the list of elements you want to clear.
  4. Select Cookies and make sure you are not selecting the other elements you want to keep.
  5. Click on Clear now to delete the cookies, close the window, and delete all history.

Block cookies from a specific site.

1 Visit the site for which you want to inhibit the possibility to set cookies.

2 Right-click placing cursor within the page and select the item information on the page.

3 In the information window on the page, select the Permission pane.

4 In the line Set cookies, unclick “Use preset”. Select the option Block.

5 Close the information window in the page.

6 Remove all the cookies that the website has already set in Firefox.

Visualize the list of blocked websites.

1 Click Menu and select Options.

2 Select the Privacy pane.

1 Under history settings: select use personalized settings.

2 Next to Accept cookies from websites, click on Exceptions.

Block cookies from all websites

1 Click Menu and select Options.

Select the Privacy pane.

3 Under history settings: select use personalized settings.

4 Unclick Accept cookies from websites.

5 Click OK to close the options tab.

Deactivate third parties’ cookies.

Third parties’ cookies are set by a different website other than the one being currently visited. For instance, the website could include a Facebook Like button. This button will set a cookie that can be recognized by Facebook. This can be considered as a third party cookie.

Some advertisers use these types of cookies to keep track of users’ visits on all sites offering their services. If a user thinks that this can be a source of concern and invasion of privacy, third party cookies can be deactivated on Firefox.


  • The deactivation of third party cookies can prevent the tracking of third party cookies by advertisers, but not in all cases.
  • Some websites (e.g., Hotmail, MSN, Windows Live Mail) use third party cookies for purposes not necessarily associated with privacy and their deactivation can interfere with their correct functioning.

The settings of third party cookies are

1 Click Menu and select Options.

2 Select the Privacy panel.

3 Under history settings: select personalized settings.

4 Select never for the option Accept third parties’ cookies.

Processing modalities

Data processing will be performed through electronic and non-electronic means for the time that is strictly necessary to attain the purposes for which they have been collected and in compliance with current regulations.


Optional supply of data

Without prejudice to the privacy statements set out in the paragraph above on browsing data, users are free to supply their personal data.  Failing to provide such data can imply the impossibility to obtain what was requested.

Users’ rights

Data subjects are always entitled to get the confirmation about the presence or absence of such data and know their origin and content, or request data integration, update or correction (article 7 of Legislative Decree 196/2003).

According to this article, users can obtain confirmation of the existence of their personal data, even if not recorded yet, and their communication in an intelligible form.

Users are also entitled to obtain the following information:

(a) origin of personal data;

(b) goals and processing modalities;

(c) the rationale applied in the case of processing conducted with the aid of electronic instruments;

(d) the identity of the data controller, data supervisors and the representative designated pursuant to Article 5, paragraph 2;

(e) the subjects or categories of subjects to which the personal data can be disclosed or who may be aware of the data as appointed representative in the territory of the State, of representatives or appointees in charge.

The data subject has the right to obtain:

(a) updating, rectification or, if interested, integration of the data;

(b) the deletion, transformation to anonymous form or blocking of data processed unlawfully, including data that need not be kept for the purposes for which the data was collected or subsequently processed;

(c) certification that the operations referred to in points a) and b) have been brought to knowledge, even with regards to their content, of those to which the data has been communicated or diffused, with the exception of the case in which such a fulfillment reveals itself as being impossible or implies a use of means manifestly out of proportion compared to the safeguarded right.

The data subject has the right to oppose, fully or partially:

(a) to the processing of his/her personal data for legitimate reasons even if it is pertinent to the purpose of collection;

(b) to the processing of his/her personal data for the purpose of sending advertising materials, direct selling or for the performance of market or commercial communication surveys.

Rights pursuant to article 7 of Legislative Decree 196/2003 can be exercised directly by sending an e-mail to


Data Controller, Data Supervisor and Data Processors

The data controller is UPMC Italy S.r.l. with registered offices in Discesa dei Giudici 4, 90133 Palermo, Italy.

In addition to UPMC Italy employees, data can be processed also by third parties, to whom the company has entrusted some or all such tasks, connected or instrumental to the processing or provision of offered services. In this case, they will be independent controllers, joint controllers, or will be appointed data supervisors or processors.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy can be changed over time, following modifications in the law or the introduction of new sector regulations, updating or provision of new services, or new technological innovations, that require the user to visit periodically this page.


Where we are

Find our medical centers in Italy (Sicily, Lazio, Tuscany)


The Italian division of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center with facilities in Rome (UPMC San Pietro FBF, oncology radiotherapy and UPMC | Salvator Mundi International Hospital |UPMC), Palermo (ISMETT IRCCS, organ transplants and highly specialized therapies and Ri.MED Foundation, research), Chianciano Terme (UPMC Institute for Health, preventive medicine and Medical Gym), Mirabella Eclano (UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at Villa Maria, oncology radiotherapy).


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