Cancer charity MacMillan has given £60,000 to a West Yorkshire-based pilot project which aims to improve people's health and state of mind before they start cancer treatment.
Prehab is a personalised programme to improve health and mindset - such as helping improve physical activity or cutting down on smoking and drinking - before treatment like chemotherapy.
Kath Cunningham (pictured), 63, says she was "devastated" when she was diagnosed with lung cancer in July last year.
However, she says the NHS's pilot "prehab" project - run by Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust and funded by MacMillan Cancer Support - was much needed in her case.
She says: "When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I cried every day. I felt my body was not my own. The prehab programme was just the boost I needed.
"Afterwards I felt physically stronger as I was much more active than before. It had a massive effect on my quality of life."
A spokesperson for MacMillan says: "Many people are familiar with the term 'rehab', which is building the body back up after illness or treatment, but less well known is the process of Prehabilitation, or 'prehab'."
The charity has already given £129,000 to Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust for the pilot project, but because of its success, has pledged another £59,693 to continue it for another year.