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Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Endocrine Disorders in Cancer Survivors

Endocrine Disorders in Cancer Survivors


The Endocrine Disorders In Cancer Survivors (EDICS) clinic at Children’s Mercy cares for children with endocrine problems related to cancer treatments.

While the overall survival rate for childhood cancers has increased to nearly 90%, many of those children continue to need specialized attention for years after their cancer treatment concludes. Endocrine disorders—issues with hormones and the glands and tissues that produce them—are a common concern, affecting about 40% of all childhood cancer survivors.

Conditions we treat

At the EDICS clinic, we help identify and address the effects of childhood cancer treatment on:

  • Hypothalamic and pituitary function
  • Growth
  • Thyroid
  • Adrenal glands
  • Puberty
  • Metabolic and bone problems
  • Obesity complications: prediabetes, diabetes mellitus
  • Various glandular conditions

Coordinated care from pediatric experts

Pediatric endocrinologist Julia R. Broussard, MD, directs the EDICS clinic at Children's Mercy Kansas City, together with Associate Director Ghufran Babar, MD, MSc, and a dedicated team of physicians and nurses. The EDICS clinic staff offers dedicated monthly clinics for pediatric cancer survivors. 

The EDICS clinic is the only specialized endocrine clinic for pediatric cancer survivors in the region. Families travel from several states across the Midwest to visit the clinic.

All your specialists in one place

In order to better serve families who live outside the Kansas City area, the EDICS clinic coordinator schedules as many different specialist visits as possible into a one- to two-day period, so your family can see all the providers you need to in one trip.

Dr. Fadi Al Muhaisen is Associate Director of the EDICS clinic at our Wichita location, and you can visit with our doctors via telemedicine at our Joplin or St. Joseph locations if it’s more convenient for you as well. 

Looking toward the future

The EDICS clinic team works closely with your child’s cancer care team to identify specific areas of concern and coordinate follow-up care and treatment. We also partner with the Hematology/Oncology department’s Survive and Thrive team to continue to monitor your child when they are off therapy for at least two years and currently in remission.

Another important service of the EDICS clinic is helping teens and young adults transition to adult health care providers who understand their unique needs.

“We work to educate and empower our patients by providing the resources they will need to find the right provider to take over their care.” – Dr. Julia Broussard

Read more about the Survivorship Transition Clinic and comprehensive services for young adults who are cancer survivors.

Helping future cancer survivors through research

Children’s Mercy participates in a database of childhood cancer survivors to help doctors and researchers better understand the needs of this patient population. By joining the database, your family can help improve the quality of care for adult survivors of childhood cancers.

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