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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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  • Myra Dunnigan

    You couldn’t be in better hands than the Lord’s, Dave. Miracles do happen every day and you are not exempt. Trust in Jesus. He will be with you every step of the way. Our prayers are with you and your family. Stay strong and keep the faith, Dave!

  • Yvette Hobzek's

    My very dear friend was told the same thing last September 27 that she had between 3-6 months to live and she tried oral chemo and interveinous chemo and her doctor decided to put her in hospice we had two opinions but opted for a 3rd. We live in Seattle WA and the 3rd doctor was a life saver the new chemo drug he put her on decreased her tumor by 75%. He can operate but still has chosen not to because he does not want to risk any of her motor skills as she is left handed. However her new course of treatment seems to be working and she is still with us and it has been almost a full year. His name is Dr. Chamberlain at University of Washington. I hope he can bring you a miracle as he brought to her. Good luck and God bless you in your journey and I wish you the very best.

  • Dave Luttinen

    Being forthright about your Christianity is the most wonderful gift you can give viewers. Godspeed as you work through these next months, let’s hope that the medical procedures help to keep your quality of life at its peak, and if the Lord wills a miracle, let it happen to you for all to see. Your family are Aces.

  • Martha Patterson

    I take a newsletter from Dr. Russell Blaylock. He is a neurosurgeon. He tells in the newest newsletter that he knows of a person that had a malignant brain tumor that went on a high-fat, high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. After eating that diet for some time the tumor disappeared completely. The diet is called a ketogenic diet. It is really worth trying. Look Dr. Blaylock up on the computer. I hope I will see another posting in a few months that you are much better.