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The Royal Marsden was founded in 1851 and was the first hospital dedicated to the study and treatment of cancer. The hospital is the largest comprehensive cancer centre in Europe and treats over 40,000 patients per year. The cancer centre today is committed to promoting excellence in cancer research, treatment and education.


The hospital has currently 225 in patient beds including 16 beds for paediatrics and 11 beds for critical care patients. The Royal Marsden also provides medical and surgical day care facilities for patients and offers all treatment modalities. The Trust works in partnership with other organizations to share experience and best practice and has a satellite chemotherapy unit in one of the local hospitals. The Trust also offers a full range of out patient facilities. The hospital is supported by dedicated experienced multi-professional staff that are committed to the care of patients and their families.


We care for patients with all cancers. We have a comprehensive portfolio in terms of both service and research and all modalities of treatment. We have specialist multidisciplinary teams treating and researching into all common and rare solid tumours, as well as haemato-oncological malignancies with a bone marrow transplant unit, paediatric cancers and one of the world’s largest drug development units.

Palliative and Supportive Care


The Royal Marsden is a unique institution, a centre of excellence which has for many years been the vanguard of cancer treatment and research. Palliative Care at the Royal Marsden is no exception to this. It has led the way with the first dedicated palliative care ward in the country and more recently with its service innovations and ground breaking research. Palliative care has long been established and welcomed in the hospital. The palliative care team continues to lead the way with innovative ways of integrating with the community and by its fast moving research programme. The Palliative Care Team now consists of both adult and paediatric palliative care services. The work of the department is constantly expanding and today sees over 1000 new patients each year.

Last update: June 2022


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