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News anchor battling brain cancer tells viewers he only has 4-6 months to live

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Posted at 8:40 AM, Sep 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-13 08:41:04-04

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — “I believe I am in God’s hands. I am at peace. And I know that he is going to take care of the days ahead,” WCIA news anchor Dave Benton said on television Thursday after he told news viewers he only had four to six months to live.

Doctors recently told the Illinois news anchor that his brain tumor was too large for surgery or radiation.

“I’ve found out a few weeks ago, my brain cancer is back,” Benton said.

While surgery and radiation were ruled out as treatment options, he said he planned to do antibody treatments and chemo in an attempt to slow the tumor’s growth.

“With that being said, doctors say I have anywhere from four-to-six months before things turn bad. I’m dedicated to keep working. I’ll be here bringing you the news as long as I am able. I’m grateful for the outpouring of support, prayers and cards. It’s meant the world to me. It’s changed my life,” he said.

Benton has a wife and two children. He has worked at the television station for nine years.