Lawrence E. Schilder, D.O.
Dr. Schilder is Board Certified in Medical Oncology, Hematology, and Internal Medicine. He joined premier Oncology in 2018. He earned his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, residency at Midwestern University with over 20 years experience in Medical Oncology and Hematology. He has been on the faculty of Loyola University of Chicago, Northwestern University Medical Center, University of Chicago Medical Center. Most recently, he comes to us from Rush Medical Center.
It doesn’t matter how serious the illness or condition, it is never a bad option to seek out a second opinion. Dr. Schilder is an oncology and hematology expert with years of experience and education. Dr. Schilder is more than happy to provide a second opinion for those who are newly diagnosed with cancer and want to confirm the diagnosis or want a second opinion on the best cancer treatment option. Additionally, Dr. Schilder can provide second opinions for those who are already working through cancer treatment and are interested in pursuing different professional options and perspectives.
Remote Second Opinions
While anyone is welcome to come into the Merrillville or Munster office for their second opinion, we also provide the options for remote second opinions. Dr. Schilder is happy to work with anybody through any means of communication that is most convenient for you. We believe in disrupting your life as little as possible and don’t want you to take the time and effort to travel out to us when we can provide an educated second opinion remotely.
Virtual Second Opinions
In addition to our remote second opinion services, we offer virtual second opinions with Dr. Schilder. This means that instead of using the telephone, we can communicate with you in a more effective and helpful way. We are happy to set up a virtual second opinion through mediums such as Skype, FaceTime, Duo, or any other virtual means of communication. Getting a second opinion is extremely important when it comes to serious interventions like cancer treatment, that’s why our priority is to make it as easy as possible for you to get a second opinion here at Premier Oncology Hematology Associates.
Contact Dr. Schilder today by filling out the contact form below to work with an experienced, local expert in cancer diagnostic, cancer treatment, and hematology.
“I believe the best oncologists are passionate about patient care. As an optimist, I will work tirelessly to find solutions to complex problems”
Dr. Schilder specializes in diagnosing and treating cancers such as:
Cancers that affect the GI system
Chronic Leukemia (CLL and CML)
Dr. Schilder is also experienced with benign hematology afflictions such as:
White cell disorders
- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Midwestern University
- University of Illinois
- University of Illinois
- American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine in Medical Oncology
- American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine in Hematology
- American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine
Dr. Schilder’s areas of interests include adult solid tumors and hematological malignancies, as well as benign hematological conditions. He is an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
What Diseases Can Dr. Shilder Treat?
Dr. Shilder specializes in both Oncology and Hematology. He has helped many others and can help you treat:
Hematology is essentially the extensive study of blood diseases, their prognosis, and how to treat them. Dr. Schilder has spent years researching and studying Hematology at the University of Illinois and is even certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine in Hematology.
Anemia affects millions of Americans and is among the most common blood diseases in the United States. Anemia is a blood condition characterized by a deficiency of red blood cells. Red blood cells are responsible for binding to oxygen and delivering them around the body to be used to help give your cells and muscles energy. When your body isn’t getting enough oxygen, you will often experience low energy, muscle weakness, shortness of breath, dizziness, and more. The three main types of anemia include iron deficiency anemia, aplastic anemia, and hemolytic anemia.
Iron Deficiency Anemia
This type of Anemia is almost exactly how it sounds — your blood doesn’t have enough iron to properly distribute oxygen around the body. This can most often be attributed to blood loss either internally or externally, though it can sometimes be due to improper diet. Iron deficiency anemia is most commonly treated with iron supplements to help your body regain it’s necessary iron levels.
Red blood cells are produced from your bone marrow. In cases of aplastic anemia, your bone marrow isn’t producing the number of red blood cells that your body needs, causing an oxygen deficiency. Aplastic anemia is more difficult to treat but can be treated with procedures such as a bone marrow transplant.
This type of anemia occurs when red blood cells are getting attacked and destroyed before they have the opportunity to do their job. This type of anemia can be caused by a number of different factors, therefore treatment of hemolytic anemia depends on the underlying causes.
For second opinions, treatment options, and questions concerning anemia, reach out to Dr. Schilder and our team at Premier Oncology Hematology Associates today.
Why should I get a second opinion?
Many people choose to get a second opinion anytime they see a doctor for help. Here at Premier Oncology Hematology Associates, we always recommend getting a second opinion when it comes to more serious diagnoses like cancers and anemia.
Is a remote or virtual second opinion as good as if I were to come in?
While a virtual visit can often give us all of the information we need, they do have their limitations. If you are able to make it in for your second opinion, we recommend you do so. However, we also know it isn’t realistic or beneficial for everyone to make it into our office.
Will my insurance cover a remote second opinion?
Every insurance company is different, but in most cases, we find that you are covered. To be certain, reach out to our excellent billing team!
Are all of my medical records private?
Yes, absolutely. We are held to HIPPA standards just like all other medical practices.
Can anyone request a second opinion?
Yes, so long as they are 18 years old or older. We strongly recommend getting a second opinion when it comes to cancer treatment, anemia treatment, and any other serious medical diagnoses. Many people are under the impression that they have to use the oncologist or hematologist that your insurance agency recommends. In reality, you are able to choose to you whomever you like for your treatment. Keep in mind that if you are a member of HMO or the Managed Care Plan, you must have a referral.
How does prior authorization work?
Many insurance providers require prior authorization before they will pay for treatments like cancer treatment. We work with you and your insurance provider to get the proper authorization you need before we start your treatment plan.
Can I call for my family member?
Yes, in fact, we welcome it. Family members often look for any way they can to help out, which includes reaching out to experts like Dr. Schilder for a second opinion.
Can I reach out to Dr. Schilder just to answer a question?
Yes, Dr. Schilder is happy to answer any questions that you may have. You don’t need to schedule a full treatment or second opinion services, Dr. Schilder’s main goal is to help people. That’s why he offers quick and easy consultations to answer questions — free of charge.
Premier Oncology Hematology Associates
We know you have choices . . .
And at Premier Oncology Hematology we are honored that you have selected us as your healthcare provider. Our mission is to provide you with access to the latest scientific evidence and research-based care and treatment, along with the compassion and support you deserve.
Our Oncologists/Hematologists are educated, trained, and Board Certified at prestigious universities throughout the United States, including Harvard University, Rush Medical School, Johns Hopkins University and Brown University to name a few.
At Premier Oncology Hematology, our patients always receive individualized physician consultation. After meeting with you and establishing mutually agreed upon goals, our physicians develop a treatment plan based on the most current research. Our Oncologists/Hematologists make it a point to keep themselves at the forefront of medicine. They are committed to continuing education through attending Board Review Courses, scientific symposiums, and keeping abreast of breaking research in oncology and hematology. Our nurses and support staff also keep up to date in their respective fields, which enables us to provide you with the best care possible right at home.
Our offices are equipped to offer infusion services, patient and family education, and a full service laboratory. We offer access to national clinical research trials through our affiliation with Cancer and Leukemia Group B, whose members include Harvard Medical School, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and The University of Chicago.
Dr. Schilder is available to answer any of your questions. Give him a call today! Or fill out the form to request an appointment.