what is Cancer Dojo?


Cancer Dojo is a positive ideology, supported by a growing movement in the power of positive thinking. Our thinking is based on a complimentary, visual and psychoneurological approach to healing.

What is Dojo Thinking?

Traditionally, cancer patients are not given a role in their own healing. This often leads to depression and an even more compromised immune system. Research shows that being empowered in a debilitating situation has fundamental and beneficial effects on your immune system; enabling one to be more resilient and bounce back from treatments and setbacks better than others facing the same conditions.

We, together with professors, medical doctors and cancer oncologists, believe this fact is underutilized in the context of cancer survival.

More about our founder

In 2006, Conn Bertish, an iconic internationally awarded creative director, big wave surfer, fear factor winner, husband and father of two young children was diagnosed with a severe and extremely rare form of malignant brain cancer.

Using his experience in creative thinking and storytelling, Conn immersed himself in his cancer using pens, pencils, paint and sticks of chalk. The world became his physical metaphoric cancer-beating playground. An upbeat, visually engaging canvas that helped him augment his treatments, his resilience and immune system. This ultimately increased his chances of survival and helped him beat his cancer in 2013.

Conn has been urged by doctors, oncologists, neurologists and professors of science to share this way of thinking. The result is The Cancer Dojo: a platform that will empower people facing cancer with the tools, content, information and ideology of Dojo Thinking.

doctor's notes?


The Dojo Thinking way is backed by some of the leading minds of the medical world.


"We have not embraced this approach, one of a happier, positive mindset, to serious illness because we are generally, too scientific, too molecular, too therapeutic-outcomes-based in our approach to healthcare and research and nowhere near as lateral in our thinking as we need to be. I think Conn brings a lovely dimension of truly lateral thinking to this party."

Dr Tom Sutcliffe, Chairman of Mental Health Review Board, Provincial Government Western Cape
Former Head, Western Cape Government: Health, The Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trustee.


"At last a brilliant App that helps a lay person to understand and to thoroughly engage with his or her cancer on a creative, self-healing path."

Dr Tom Sutcliffe, The Red Cross Children's Hospital Trustee, Chairman ­ Mental Health Review Board, Provincial Government Western Cape Former Head, Western Cape Government Health

"Cancer Dojo is a worthy endeavour to give practical effect of the application of these new (Pyschoneuroimmunology) insights to those affected by this challenging (cancer) condition of whom Conn Bertish is a noteworthy exemplar."

Dr Claudius van Wyk - M. Phil (Applied Ethics), M.Sc (O.B.), D.Sc. (Alt.Med.) - Member Scientific and Medical Network (UK)


“A vital step in any cancer journey is to be empowered to face it’s many challenges. Conn’s journey and application inspires and empowers.”

Dr Garth Davis - Oncologist, GVI Oncology Rondebosch