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A TV News Anchor Announced His Terminal Cancer On Air, Said He'll Keep Working

Despite his prognosis, Dave Benton says he is at peace.

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"Doctors have told me that I may have four to six months to live," Benton revealed, adding later the he's "dedicated to continue good work."

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"I want to know that there'll be a moment where I will stop a moment and say, 'I hope I did good work to our viewers, I served them, I did things well,'" Benton said, "and I want to take an opportunity for that to make sure it happens."

Benton now plans to undergo an new antibody treatment designed slow the cancer and make his final days "the best they can be."

Benton has been open about his cancer for a long time.

In January, he tweeted a picture of his thinning hair when he hit the halfway point in his radiation treatment.

I've hit a milestone - the half way point in my cancer treatment. But my hair is falling out. New haircut likely soon

Dave Benton@WCIA3Dave

I've hit a milestone - the half way point in my cancer treatment. But my hair is falling out. New haircut likely soon

4:43 PM - 22 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A month later, Benton finished up the treatment and it looked like he was finally going to beat the disease.

Rang bell on last day of radiation. Those still in it, hang in there. This day will come!

Dave Benton@WCIA3Dave

Rang bell on last day of radiation. Those still in it, hang in there. This day will come!

9:41 AM - 11 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But the cancer not only returned, it became to big for traditional treatments. "Basically my cancer is back and it’s too big for surgery and radiation," Benton told viewers Thursday.

Now, despite the prognosis, Benton says he is at peace and in God's hands.

"As you know, I'm a born again Christian," he said. "I believe that I'm in God's hands. I'm at peace, and I know that he's going to take care of the days ahead and that the goal here is to have the best ones possible."

He also recently thanked the many viewers who have expressed their support:

So many tweets with such great support and inspiration! Thanks

Dave Benton@WCIA3Dave

So many tweets with such great support and inspiration! Thanks

5:53 PM - 11 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Watch the full clip of Benton's announcement here:

Jim Dalrymple is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

Contact Jim Dalrymple II at jim.dalrymple@buzzfeed.com.

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