Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up


All communities will be placed in read-only mode (you will be able to see and search for posts but not start or reply to discussions) as we conduct maintenance. We will make another announcement when posting is re-opened. Thank you for your continued support and patience, and if you have any further questions, please email

Yours in health,
WebMD Community Management

Prominent Lymph Nodes
An_252401 posted:
I was diagnosed with stage 1 grade 2 breast cancer in the fall of 2009 and did chemo and radiation therapy.

In April I had a breast MRI and breast mammogram done and both of them showed 'prominent lymph nodes in the left axilla.

My cancer was in my right breast.

My GP is not one for telling every single detail of test results. Just wondering what the prominent lymph nodes in the left axilla' mean.. do I have to worry and mean that this cancer has spread to the left breast and/or has a chance of?

Thanks for any help. Charmaine
georgiagail responded:
Prominent lymph nodes in the left axilla (i.e., in the armpit) can be due to many things, including inflammation since lymph nodes swell with this.

They do not automatically mean a return to breast cancer and cannot be used as a diagnose just for this.

charmainejensenvoisine replied to georgiagail's response:
Thank you for the reply Gail -
Now why would lymph nodes swell on the left side if my breast cancer was on the right side and I also had 3 lymph nodes removed from the right side 'lymph nodes dissection'?

Thanks, Charmaine
georgiagail replied to charmainejensenvoisine's response:
Because you no longer have these lymph nodes on the right side to swell during inflammation (they've been removed during the first surgery).

If you still had them and had even a mild infection you might experience swelling on both sides.


Helpful Tips

I am having heavy bleeding and sever pain with it every month that it affects my daily living when I have it I even had to drop out of ... More
Was this Helpful?
16 of 27 found this helpful

Expert Blog

Below the Belt: Women's Health - Jane Harrison-Hohner, RN, RNP

From HPV to irregular periods to PMS to fibroids, Jane Harrison-Hohner, RN, is here to share her knowledge and insight...Read More

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.