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WCIA’s Dave Benton says brain cancer has returned

Dave Benton, a news anchor with CBS affiliate WCIA-TV (Channel 3), announced on Thursday that he had been diagnosed with brain cancer for the second time in less than a year.

Benton was first diagnosed last November after complaining of headaches and memory loss. The news anchor went through surgery to have a cancerous tumor removed followed by a single round of radiation and chemotherapy.

Things seemed fine until a few weeks ago when doctors said the cancerous tumor was back.

“I’ve found out a few weeks ago my brain cancer is back,” Benton said on Thursday. “This new tumor is too big for surgery or radiation.”

Benton says he will still undergo radiation and start taking antibody drugs to slow the growth of the tumor.

“Doctors say I have anywhere from four to six months before things turn bad,” Benton said, adding that during that time he intends to keep working at the station. “I’ll be here bringing you the news as long as I am able.”

Benton joined WCIA in Champaign, Illinois in 2005. He previously worked at stations in Iowa, Wisconsin and North Dakota.

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