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

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A news anchor in Illinois told viewers he only has four to six months left to live after he was recently told his brain tumor is too large for surgery or radiation.

“I’ve found out a few weeks ago, my brain cancer is back,” WCIA news anchor Dave Benton said on live television on Thursday. “But, I’ve learned more about what the future holds. This new tumor is too big for surgery or radiation. I’ve decided to do an antibody treatment and some chemo to try to slow its growth. That’s my best option.”

“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… I believe that I’m in God’s hands. I’m at peace and I know he’s going to take care of the days ahead.”

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

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