The Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research was established in 1989 by designer Ralph Lauren and the late Washington Post Company president Katherine Graham as a tribute to their friend Nina Hyde. Georgetown Lombardi’s breast cancer program is home to nearly 70 breast cancer researchers and clinicians who study breast cancer exclusively. One of just 49 National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, Georgetown Lombardi is the only one in the Washington, DC region.

About Nina Hyde


Nina Hyde was the fashion editor The Washington Post from 1972 until her death from breast cancer in 1990 at the age of 57. 

As a journalist and an individual, Nina Hyde possessed a penetrating eye. She wrote about fashion as social history, revealing who we are and how we live. When breast cancer befell her, she saw her illness in a broad social context. Breast cancer, she said, was a national calamity besetting one in nine American women, and she challenged all Americans to fight back.

While struggling with unflagging good humor to save her own life, Nina Hyde reached out to educate and inform others. She fervently believed in the benefits of early detection and in research as the vehicle that would eventually provide a cure for breast cancer.

Nina Hyde did not live to see a cure, but she did rejoice in the establishment of the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research, here at the Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center.*

Learn more about Nina Hyde, Whatever Happened To...Nina Hyde? and  Remembering Nina Hyde — A Legacy of Hope.

*for the original location of text on this page, see Nina Hyde Center For Breast Cancer