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In this contribution we investigate the spectral-efficiency of a two-hop cooperative network using multicarrier code-division multiple-access (MC-CDMA) transmission scheme. The two-hop network constitutes K source users transmitting signals to K destinations with the aid of N relays. Our focus is on the relay optimization, when assuming that the N relays cooperate or do not cooperate with each other. Specifically, in this contribution the egocentric-altruistic (E-A) optimization is introduced, which constitutes an E-optimization motivating to suppress the multiuser interference (MUI) of the source-relay channels and an A-optimization aiming to pre-mitigate the potential MUI of the relay-destination channels. Both the minimum mean-square error (MMSE) and zero-forcing (ZF) optimization criteria are considered. Furthermore, the spectral-efficiency performance of the two-hop MC-CDMA systems using the proposed E-A relay optimization is investigated by simulations, when assuming communications over frequency-selective fading channels.