Starting a family is an important milestone in many women’s lives, but if you’ve been diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma – a noncancerous, slow-growing tumor that can affect hearing and balance – you may be wondering if the condition and its subsequent treatment will affect your ability to have children. It’s the same question Marlene Gomez pondered after her diagnosis.

Fortunately, gamma knife radiosurgery not only provides an effective treatment option for acoustic neuroma – it also allows patients to move ahead with their plans for a family after treatment.

“The radiation we use during gamma knife radiosurgery is so precisely focused on the tumor that there are no worries about future fertility in young patients,” says  Chad DeYoung, M.D., Co-Director of Valley’s Gamma Knife Center.