The Royal Marsden Hospital (RM) is a specialist cancer treatment hospital in London. The Royal Marsden was the first hospital in the world dedicated to the study and treatment of cancer. It was founded as the Free Cancer Hospital in 1851 by William Marsden at 1, Cannon Row, Westminster. The hospital at first consisted solely of a dispensary and the drugs prescribed were palliative and aimed at treating symptoms, but it allowed William Marsden the opportunity to study and research the disease. Foundation Trusts are a type of hospital which is independent from the Department of Health and run on a not-for-profit basis. The Foundation Trust status allows people living near the hospital, patients, carers and staff to take an active role in shaping The Royal Marsdens future.