The Bay Area Tumor Institute

The Bay Area Tumor Institute is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to preventing cancer and improving the treatment of cancer patients in California’s Alameda and Contra Costa counties. The Institute offers a wide array of services and information for East Bay cancer patients and medical professionals including:

Cancer Research Program

The Bay Area Tumor Institute’s clinical research program provides local medical professionals and patients with new and advanced investigational Cancer Treatments approved by the National Cancer Institute, as well as opportunities for populations “at risk” to participate in Cancer Prevention Trials. The Institute also accelerates the completion of basic cancer research through the Tumor Tissue Network, a critical resource that provides fresh malignant and normal tissue to local researchers studying the causes, biology, and therapy of human cancer.

Resources for Cancer Patients

Cancer patients will find important information in the online Cancer Patient Guide, which teaches patients to empower themselves. The Institute also promotes minority group participation in cancer research and prevention trials, and offers free consultations for East Bay Melanoma cancer patients.


For the past five years, the Bay Area Tumor Institute has received an annual award of excellence from the National Cancer Institute for our work in providing advanced anti-cancer therapies to patients, often years before these treatments become commonly available. We invite you to see the Awards section of this website to learn more.

Education Program for Nurses

Nurses and healthcare professionals can obtain advanced training through Continuing Education Programs for East Bay oncology nurses. The Institute offers over 100 hours of professional training annually. A complete description of Upcoming Courses and the ability to register online are both available in the Nursing Education area.

Make a Donation

To find out more, read Some of the Reasons to Invest in the Bay Area Tumor Institute.